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Care Home residents are getting the boosts they need

The vast majority of vulnerable elderly care home residents in Norfolk and Waveney have now received their COVID-19 spring booster thanks to the efforts of local vaccination teams. Over 95% of Norfolk and Waveney’s care homes have had their spring booster vaccinations with the remainder to be visited over the coming weeks.

The Spring Booster programme is the rollout of an additional vaccine dose to people who have previously received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to ensure continued protection for those most at risk from COVID-19.

COVID-19 booster jabs are being offered to eligible patients across the UK in line with national and JCVI guidance. 

Kate Keeling, Head of Immunisation & Health Inequalities NHS Norfolk & Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:

“We are so proud of the vaccination teams who have been working so hard to ensure that our most vulnerable are protected. 

“I want to thank colleagues who have been involved in the programme especially those who have helped reach this impressive amount.

“For those who have yet to have their COVID-19 vaccination, we have made it even easier for you to attend one of our sites. To book your vaccination please visit NHS national booking service online at nhs.uk/covid-vaccination

“We cannot recommend enough the importance of everyone, regardless of your age, in having their vaccination to protect themselves, their family, and the local community.”

Christine Futter Chief Operating Officer, Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support and Director of NoRCA said:

“We are delighted to see the spring booster programme being rolled out so efficiently in Norfolk and Waveney.

“This is the result of great joint working and planning to ensure those residents in older people care homes, who are a priority, receive their vaccinations in a timely fashion. This is an excellent example of how effective partnership working across the health and social care system.”

There is still time to get to your COVID-19 vaccination either by booking an appointment or just simply turning up to one of our sites. Children from the age of five can their vaccination so for more information visit the national site: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk) or https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/WalkIn/

Regular hand washing, wearing a face covering, using sanitiser stations and avoiding crowded spaces are all basic steps of infection prevention and control that we can all take to help stop the spread of germs and viruses.

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Notes

  • There are 262 care homes across Norfolk and Waveney health and care system. 246 care homes have been visited out of 262.
  • The Spring Booster programme commenced on 21 March 2022, which offers a booster dose to those aged 75+, residents in care homes, and those aged 12+ who are immunosuppressed.
  • The NHS is contacting people who are eligible, however anyone that falls in the groups listed above can also make an appointment for a Spring Booster so long as they are between 3 - 6 months since their last dose.

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