Boosting covid protection – Norfolk and Waveney heads into phase three of the vaccination programme
Phase three of the national vaccination programme roll out is now underway across Norfolk and Waveney. A third covid booster vaccination will be offered to eligible groups from next week in line with national and JCVI guidance.
The following people will be contacted by the NHS or their local GP practice and offered a booster (third) dose of the COVID-19 vaccine over the coming weeks, in the same cohort order as the initial vaccination programme.
Boosters must be given after a minimum interval of six months in order to provide the most effective, additional protection.
Those in the following groups are asked to wait for their booster invitation and NOT contact their GP practice. Walk in clinics are still focused on first and second doses and cannot currently provide third (booster) jabs.
National guidance states that the following be offered a booster vaccination from next week:
- those living in residential care homes for older adults
- all adults aged 50 years or over
- frontline health and social care workers including those who work in residential and nursing homes for older adults
- all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (as set out in the green book), and adult carers
- adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals
The COVID-19 booster programme sees an additional vaccine dose offered to people who have previously had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. This will ensure continued protection for those most at risk from COVID-19 as we go into winter, giving vulnerable people a stronger defence against serious covid-related illness and hospitalisation.
Phase three of the national vaccination programme roll out comes as latest published data shows that 93% of people in Norfolk and Waveney have had one vaccine dose and 87% have now had two doses.
This sees Norfolk and Waveney ranking as the sixth highest performing health and care system in England for people having had two doses of vaccine – out of 42 health and care systems nationally. Almost 17,000 people under the age of 18 have now had a first vaccination.
Dr Anoop Dhesi, local GP and Clinical Chair at NHS Norfolk and Waveney CCG, said:
“We have been preparing for this booster phase of the local vaccination programme for some weeks. I know that our vaccinators and my GP practice colleagues are keen to get going in providing this extra protection to those who are clinically extremely vulnerable and other at risk patients.
“This third booster jab is crucial as there are some signs that protection offered by the first two vaccines may start dropping off several months after the second dose. As we go into winter and the colder weather we see an increase in respiratory viruses in the community. This booster will help us keep people out of hospital during what is always a busier season for the NHS.
“The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are being recommended for the third, booster dose – irrespective of which vaccine you had the first time. The booster can be given alongside the flu vaccination but we may not be able to offer these in the same appointment for everyone. Both the flu jab and the covid booster are crucial to being best protected this winter so please be prepared to come in for two separate appointments if needed.
“Finally, I’d like to urge anyone who is still unvaccinated or overdue their second dose to get to one of our many walk in clinics as soon as possible. We really need to vaccinate the remaining 7% of local people quickly now so our teams can then concentrate on third doses for the most vulnerable.It is especially important that those working in care homes for older people are double vaccinated by the 11 November national deadline.”
Anyone aged 16 and over can get a Pfizer vaccine at a variety of different walk-in clinics over the weekend and into next week. To find the latest walk-in vaccine clinics taking place across Norfolk and Waveney, visit https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/WalkIn/Form/AllAvailableClinics
The vaccination bus will also be on the road again this weekend, visiting the Out There Festival in Great Yarmouth on 18 and 19 September. The bus will be parked on Trafalgar Road, next to St George’s Park from 1pm to 8pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
The Worry Bus will be there at the same time on Sunday, providing expert advice and support to anyone who is unsure about vaccination for whatever reason. Our specialist team will be on hand to answer questions and provide supported vaccines in whatever way feels most comfortable and relaxed for people who may be worried or anxious.
Note to editors:
Data released on 16 September by NHS England and Improvement shows that Norfolk and Waveney is continuing to perform strongly in the national vaccination roll out. So far, 93% of people aged 18 and above have had one vaccine, while 87% have had both doses. This compares with national figures of 89% and 82% respectively. Norfolk and Waveney is ranked sixth out of 42 health and care systems for the number of people having had two doses. The data also shows that nearly 17,000 people aged under 18 have already received one dose of the vaccine.
Vaccination teams in Norfolk and Waveney are now vaccinating some 12-15 year olds who are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. For more information about eligibility please visit: https://www.norfolkandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk/covid/children-and-young-people-12-17-years-covid-19-vaccination. All 12-15 year olds will be offered a vaccination through schools in the coming months, in line with national guidance published this week. Vaccinations for 12-15 year olds could start as soon as 22 September and parental consent will be required.
First and second dose vaccine appointments can be booked through the national booking service by visiting nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or telephoning 119. When invited, people can book at one of the vaccination centre, pharmacy or general practice sites that are available through the national booking service. Alternatively, you can visit a walk in centre. To find the latest walk-in vaccine clinics taking place across Norfolk and Waveney, visit https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/WalkIn/Form/AllAvailableClinics
Booster jabs (third doses) are by invitation only. Please do not contact your GP or attend a walk in centre You will be invited for your booster by the NHS.
You do not have to be registered with a GP or have a NHS number to be vaccinated, but it is not yet possible to book an appointment via the NBS without one. For those not registered with a GP or without an NHS number, a growing number of walk-in and pop-up sites are available. Anyone in the UK can choose to register with a GP.
If you have it, please take with you your NHS number to help the vaccination team book you in quickly (please see here). But don’t worry if you don’t have an NHS number or are not registered with a GP / local doctor, you can still get vaccinated.
You do NOT need to show identification (ID) to receive a COVID-19 vaccination and you do not need to give your full name or address. It does not matter whether you are a UK citizen or what your immigration status is, how long you have been here or how long you expect to stay.
Before your vaccination: Don't forget to keep hydrated (bring some bottled water with you) and have something to eat before you come!
For more information about the vaccination programme and for information about vaccines for children and young people visit: https://www.norfolkandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk/covid/children-and-young-people-12-17-years-covid-19-vaccination