Play your part to help stop Covid impacting on our quality of life
More than 620,000 COVID-19 boosters have been given across Norfolk and Waveney, with over 220,000 of these since 12 December 2021. That means that 83% of those eligible for a booster are now protected from becoming seriously ill.
People across Norfolk and Waveney, especially those 18-30 year olds who haven’t yet had their first or second dose or indeed their COVID-19 booster, are strongly urged to play their part in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic and helping us all get back to everyday life and adding to our local wall of defence.
With the new year opening up before us, health leaders in Norfolk and Waveney are urging everyone to get their COVID-19 booster and play their part in making 2022 the year that Covid restrictions have reduced impact on our lives.
The impact of not being vaccinated isn’t just felt on health and care services, it also has a knock-on effect on many other local services. The more people are vaccinated, the less chance there is of key workers in our communities being ill with Covid, or not able to work as they’re isolating or caring for others. And that impacts everyone’s quality of life.
Teachers, grocery deliverers, bar and restaurant staff, bin collectors, nurses, doctors, and hospital staff. From essential NHS workers who are caring for the sick, to those people in key jobs that keep our communities running smoothly, their ability to work is all affected by sickness and isolation associated with Covid. With more people vaccinated and protected, there is less chance people will need to be admitted to hospital with severe illness.
Howard Martin, Director of Population Health Management and Health Inequalities at NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Living with Covid and Covid restrictions will continue to impact on our daily lives if we don’t reduce the impact of the virus on our health and care systems, our education system, local government, and leisure and hospitality sectors.
Around 90% of those currently in hospital with serious complications from Covid are unvaccinated. And latest data shows that by having your COVID-19 booster, you are more than 85% less likely to be hospitalised due to COVID-19. Vaccines are the best way to protect ourselves and our loved ones, and also reduce the disruption to our lives.
We strongly encourage people who are eligible to come forward for their vaccination and play their part in helping to make 2022 the end of Covid restrictions impacting on daily life. And please don’t forget it’s not too late to have your first or second dose either.
If you’ve held off getting the vaccine because you’re uncertain about its safety, I’d urge you to review the COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy information that has been developed by the British Society for Immunology. This internationally recognised organisation has developed an easy to digest COVID-19 vaccination guide that explains how the vaccines work and helps to address questions and concerns about their safety and efficacy. This information might just help you take the next step in getting vaccinated.”
Booking a vaccination appointment after you’ve had Covid
Health bosses are also reminding people that have had Covid over the festive period that they can book their first, second, or Booster vaccination from 28 days after their infection.
You can book an appointment on the National Booking System around day 28 after your positive test result or find a walk-in clinic using the local search website.
Norwich’s Castle Quarter vaccination site is moving to Norwich City Hall
The Covid-19 vaccination centre at the Castle Quarter Shopping Centre in Norwich will be closing on Sunday 9 January 2022 and moving to the customer centre of City Hall, the headquarters of Norwich City Council from Monday 10 January.
The entrance (fully accessible) will be via Bethel Street, Norwich, NR2 1NR.
People can continue to book appointments at Castle Quarter up to 9 January. In the coming days people will be able to book appointments at City Hall from 10 January via www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by ringing 119.
Walk-in vaccinations and boosters will also be available at City Hall from 10 January for all eligible cohorts. The only exception is those aged 12-15 who are not in an at-risk group and who need their second dose – this group cannot walk in for their second dose and should continue to book appointments 12 weeks after their first dose via the National Booking Service.
How to access a vaccination
The local NHS is working hard to support everyone to get their Covid vaccinations as smoothly and quickly as possible.
You can access a vaccination by:
- Making an appointment via the NHS national booking service online at uk/covid-vaccination or calling 119 (free), between 7am and 11pm seven days a week
- Attending an advertised walk-in site, find one at https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/WalkIn/
Both websites are updated every day, throughout the day so please keep checking back for more appointments and walk in locations.
In addition, the roving vaccination teams are continuing to visit housebound patients across the county and administer vaccinations to those that can’t attend clinics or walk-in sites.
Latest Covid vaccination figures in Norfolk and Waveney
Latest published data for Norfolk and Waveney shows that, as of Sunday 2 January 2022:
- 94% of people over the age of 18 in Norfolk and Waveney had received their first dose, compared to 92% of adults in England
- 91% of people over the age of 18 in Norfolk and Waveney had also received their second dose, compared to 88% of adults in England
- 61%, or 26,790 12-15s have been vaccinated (with one dose), compared to 53% nationally
- 80%, or 16,335 16–17-year-olds had received one dose, compared to 71% nationally
- 83% or 620,000 people over the age of 18 who are eligible have now had their COVID-19 booster vaccination. In addition, this equates to 57% of our total population who have had their COVID-19 booster which puts us first in East of England region.
A reminder of those who are eligible and should now come forward:
- 12-15 year olds can now get their second vaccination after three months from their first dose via booked appointment, some walk ins or at school from January onwards
- Anyone aged 18+ who had their second dose more than 12 weeks ago can get a booster by booking an appointment or going to and advertised walk in clinic
- Immunocompromised patients are now eligible for a fourth vaccine dose at three months after their third dose and will be contacted by their GP practice or can book an appointment or walk in if they are already at 12 weeks.
- Health and care workers and pregnant women can walk in without an appointment at any vaccination site for a first, second or booster dose. Please make yourself know to staff on site and you will be ‘fast tracked’.
First, second and booster vaccination appointments can be booked through the national booking service by visiting nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or telephoning 119.
Alternatively, search for a walk-in vaccination site here: https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/WalkIn/