COVID-19 vaccination programme

FULL LIST OF WALK IN VACCINATION CLINICS  HERE  - ALL clinics are for first and second doses.

LATITUDE POST VACCINE SAFETY INFORMATION HERE

A new, interactive website is also available, hosted by our partners, Norfolk County Council. All you need to do is enter whether this will be your first or second dose, confirm your age and then it will show you all the available clinics based on your search criteria. This website is updated regularly with additional walk-in clinics for first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, please keep checking.

Join the thousands of people already vaccinated in Norfolk and Waveney – read about our progress and local vaccination statistics here.

Anyone aged 18+ can have a vaccination, we want to vaccinate as many people as we can and we want to make getting a vaccine as easy as possible for you. 

We are currently vaccinating these eligible groups:

  • Those aged18+ and the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV)
  • Carers aged 16+ (paid and unpaid) and health and social care workers
  • People aged 16+ who share a household with someone who has severe immunosuppression.

 

Get a vaccination

  • Or click HERE for a full list of current walk in vaccination clinics (no appointment) across Norfolk and Waveney. We also share details of walk in clinics on our social media channels, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date.

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.  If you don’t have an NHS number or are not registered with a GP / local doctor, you can still get vaccinated. 

If you DO have an NHS number please take it with you – this will help the vaccination team book you in quickly.  You can look up your NHS number online HERE

 

Before your vaccination 

Have something to eat before you come and don't forget to keep hydrated - bring a bottle of water and a snack with you. 

Dress appropriately for the weather just in case you need to wait outside and have paracetamol at home in case you need it later.

 

Second doses

You can now get your second dose vaccination from 8 weeks onwards, instead of 12.  Please do not request a second vaccination earlier than 8 weeks.  We are working to national guidance that states the minimum interval between doses should be 8 weeks.  This is based on scientific evidence regarding effectiveness and ensuring people get the maximum protection possible from the vaccination. Just re-book via the NHS national booking system - you can view available appointments before cancelling your existing appointment.  If you attend a walk in clinic for your second dose please remember to cancel your original appointment so others can have that slot.

 

Students

Those aged 18+ are now eligible to get their COVID vaccination. This set of  Frequently Asked Questions contains all the information needed for students in Higher Education and Further Education living and/or studying in Norfolk.

Before your vaccination:  Don't forget to keep hydrated (bring some bottled water with you) and have something to eat before you come!

 

Face Coverings

Patients in Norfolk and Waveney will still be required to wear face coverings in GP practices and other healthcare settings when COVID-19 restrictions ease on Monday.  This includes when getting vaccinated.

NHS guidance in healthcare settings has not changed, and patients who are not exempt from wearing a face covering should continue to wear one, follow social distancing and hand hygiene guidance. If patients are exempt from wearing a mask, a face shield may be offered as an alternative.  Read more here.

 

International travel

You may need to provide evidence that you have had both doses of the vaccine before travelling outside the UK. Click here for information on how to get the NHS COVID Pass and demonstrate your coronavirus (COVID-19) status when travelling abroad.

 

Encouraging others to get vaccinated

This COVID-19 vaccination leaflet is a great conversation starter to share with family, friends and local communities to encourage people to have the vaccine.  It has also been translated into 15 different languages and is available on our translation page.  Feel free to print off or just share the link.

Want to know more about how vaccines work and how they have been approved as safe?  Take a look at this guide for the public written by the British Society for Immunology.

The latest guidance from the MHRA and JCVI recommends that anyone aged under 40 should be offered an alternative vaccine to AZ.

Updated guidance regarding vaccination during pregnancy is available here and on the Just One Norfolk website.

 

Pharmacy sites booked appointments through National Booking Service

  • Hayden Chemist based at Hayden House, Bridge Rd, Lowestoft NR32 3LL
  • Beccles Health Centre Pharmacy, St Mary’s Road, Beccles NR34 9NQ
  • Hado Pharmacy in Diss (providing vaccinations at Diss Youth and Community Centre, Shelfanger Road IP22 4EH) 
  • Boots Riverside, Wherry Rd, Norwich NR1 1WR
  • Worlingham Pharmacy, Woodland Ave, Worlingham, Beccles NR34 7EF – Check www.facebook.com/Worlingham-Pharmacy at 16:30 each day for alerts on walk ins for spare doses
  • Willows Pharmacy, Paradise Rd, Downham Market PE38 9JE
  • Hunts Pharmacy, 205 Plumstead Rd, Norwich NR1 4AB
  • Roundwell Pharmacy, 27 Dr Torrens Way, New Costessey, Norwich NR5 0GB
  • Pharmacy 2U, 119 Prince of Wales Rd, Norwich NR1 1DU 
  • Kessingland Pharmacy (providing vaccinations at Long Stratton Village Hall, Ipswich Road, Long Stratton NR15 2TA )
  • Universal Pharmacy, Unit 21, Turbine Way, Swaffham, Norfolk, PE37 7XD
  • Cromer Pharmacy, Mill Rd, Cromer NR27 0BG
  • Drayton Pharmacy 8 Manor Farm Cl, Drayton, Norwich NR8 6EE
  • Cutlers Hill Pharmacy Bungay Rd, Halesworth IP19 8SG

 

 

Update 21.06.21: Second dose appointments for people over the age of 40 and those in cohorts 1-9.

In line with all areas across the country, we will be contacting some people directly to bring forward their appointment for the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.


This is so people at greater risk of getting seriously ill due to coronavirus can get maximum protection earlier.


The standard window between your first and second dose should be 12 weeks, but for people over the age of 40 and those in cohorts 1-9, this has been reduced to eight weeks. If you are already over the eight-week window since your first dose, please do not worry – you will be sent a text or contacted by an NHS organisation to change your appointment for an earlier date, shortly.


If you booked your appointment originally via the national booking system, you should have received a text to bring your second dose vaccination forward. Simply cancel your original appointment and rebook your second – extra second dose appointments have been added to the national system so you should have no issues booking a second appointment.

If you attended a walk-in clinic (no appointment) you need to book/bring forward your second dose via the national booking system.
If you had your vaccine at a local GP surgery, GP led site, hospital hub or at a walk-in centre, please wait to be contacted, do not contact your GP practice.
For everyone under the age of 40 and not part of cohorts 1-9, your second dose will take place on or around 12 weeks.

Update 11.05.21 - NHS App – COVID vaccination and international travel: Following the announcement about the impending lift of restrictions to international travel on the 17 May, it will be necessary to evidence Covid vaccinations before travelling to international destinations. More information here.

The latest guidance from the MHRA and JCVI covers changes in advice relating to the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine (now only for people aged 40+).  People aged under 40 will be offered an alternative vaccine. There is also updated guidance regarding vaccination during pregnancy here and on the Just One Norfolk website.

 

 

What else can I do while I wait for my vaccine?

Local health services and hospitals are still incredibly busy.  The best thing we can all do to protect ourselves, our families and communities is to remember - Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air.

This page is being regularly updated to reflect the national guidance and the local queries we receive, so keep coming back to see the latest news, and take a look at our updates and the latest version of our 'Addressing YOUR Concerns’ document.

We are hearing some great stories of how well the vaccination programme is being delivered in Norfolk and Waveney.  You can read about them in the compliments tab below. If you have a compliment to share, then visit the contact us section of our website.

Easy Read Information

 

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Pictured: One of the first patients to receive the vaccine at the St James Surgery in King's Lynn. 

 

 

  • When will I or my loved ones get the vaccine?

    When will I or my loved ones get the vaccine?

    There are now three vaccines approved for use in the UK. They require two doses to provide longer-lasting protection.

    An independent group of experts has recommended that the NHS first offers these vaccines to those at highest risk of catching the disease and/or of suffering serious complications or dying from COVID-19.

    GP practices identify people on their registered patient list who are in the current priority group for vaccination. At the moment these are:

    • anyone living in a care home for older adults
    • care home staff
    • those aged 80 years and over
    • those aged over 75 years
    • those aged over 70 years, and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age), and adults with Down’s Syndrome
    • frontline health care workers
    • frontline social care workers
    • those aged 65-69
    • all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality (a list is available on the Government website), including homeless and rough sleepers
    • Alongside this group the vaccine will also be offered to:
      • Unpaid carers - Phase 1: those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or whose carer status is flagged on their GP record. Phase 2:  identifying unregistered, 'hidden' carers asking them to provide contact details so we can invite them for vaccination. 
      • Adults on a GP Register for learning disabilities – this will include adults with a severe or profound learning disability
    • all those 60 years of age and over
    • all those 56 years of age and over
    • all those 50 years of age and over
    • all those aged 18+ years of age

    Once the GP practice has identified their patient list, it is then sorted based on clinical need.  For example, someone who is younger with serious underlying health conditions may receive the vaccine before someone else who is older but is generally fit and active. 

    Other factors are also taken into account.  For example, patients considered to be ‘housebound’ would be vaccinated in the community and therefore won’t receive an invitation to attend a local vaccination centre at the same time as other people they may know locally.  They may have to wait for supply of the right type of vaccine, as only some vaccines can be transported between people’s homes.

     


    Leaving nobody behind:

    We would encourage anyone who isn’t already registered with a GP to do so now; no proof of address or immigration status is needed.  Everyone is welcome in General Practice – find out more at www.nhs.uk/register. 

  • How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?

    How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?

    How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?

    People should not put off getting their COVID-19 vaccine after some EU countries temporarily paused the rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab. Read the PHE leaflet for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine here.

    The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said given the large number of doses administered, and the frequency at which blood clots can occur naturally, the evidence available does not suggest the vaccine is the cause.

    Vaccine safety is of paramount importance and the regulator continually monitors the safety of vaccines to ensure that the benefits outweigh any potential risks.

    Blood clots can occur naturally and are not uncommon.

    More than 11 million doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca vaccine have now been administered across the UK.

    Reports of blood clots received so far are not greater than the number that would have occurred naturally in the vaccinated population.

    The safety of the public will always come first.

    The MHRA is keeping this issue under close review but available evidence does not confirm that the vaccine is the cause.

    People should still be encouraged to receive their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.

    The COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the MHRA.

    Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.

    Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.

    So far, millions of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare. No long-term complications have been reported.

    To find out more about the vaccines approved in the UK, see:

    The MHRA encourages anyone to report any suspicion or concern they have beyond the known, mild side effects on the Coronavirus Yellow Card site.

  • What should I do if I am not registered with a GP?

    What should I do if I am not registered with a GP?

    Can you still get vaccinated if you are not registered with a GP?

    If you are not registered with a GP, you should be able to ask your local GP practice and you will, when your turn comes round, be vaccinated. However, we strongly encourage patients to register with their local GP practice so that patients can have access to all the general health and medical services you may require that comes with being on a GP patient list.  Patients not registered with a GP practice will still have the ability to access a Covid vaccination.

    If someone already has a NHS number (most UK adults will have one) the practice will be able to find this, and their vaccination event will be able to be recorded on the national vaccine recording system. If someone doesn't have a NHS number, they will have to register with a GP in order to get one. This will generate a NHS number allowing their vaccine status (whether they have been vaccinated or not) to be recorded. 

    What if I am registered with a GP practice somewhere else in the country? Can I still be vaccinated by a local vaccination service near to where I am now living?

    Patients do not have to be registered with a local GP practice in order to receive a vaccination. 

    Registering with a GP practice provides full access to general health and medical services and is encouraged.  If someone is registered elsewhere and staying in Norfolk and Waveney for up to 3 months, they can register as a temporary resident with a local practice.  If they will be staying here for more than three months, they should re-register with a GP practice local to them on a permanent basis. 

  • Can I get a Vaccine if I don’t have an NHS Number?

    Can I get a Vaccine if I don’t have an NHS Number?

    Can I get a Vaccine if I don’t have an NHS Number?

    Yes. People do not require an NHS number or GP registration to receive a vaccination and should never be denied one on this basis. Local leaders have been asked to take action to ensure this is not the case.

    If someone does not have an NHS number but is within an eligible group, services have been advised to vaccinate now, record locally via a paper system, and ensure vaccination is formally documented later. You do not need to provide ID to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, although (except for Janssen single dose) you will need to provide sufficient information to be contacted for your second dose. This does not mean a person has to give their full or legal name or address.

    You can find your NHS number via the NHS website. It will ask for your name, date of birth and postcode, and your NHS number will sent to you by text, email or letter. 

    Anyone can register with a GP surgery - you do not need proof of address or immigration status. 

  • What do I need to do to travel abroad?

    What do I need to do to travel abroad?

    NHS App – COVID vaccination and international travel


    Following the announcement about the impending lift of restrictions to international travel on the 17 May, and subsequently the need to evidence Covid vaccinations before travelling to international destinations, NHSX has arranged for initial information to be made available online on the government website, that will support the public with any initial enquiries they may have.  

    Countries will decide whether they require proof of Covid vaccination for entry, and it is the traveller’s responsibility to check individual requirements. If needed, people in England who have both vaccine doses will be able to demonstrate their Covid vaccination status via the NHS App from 17 May. Those without access to the app can request a letter from the NHS proving their vaccination status by calling 119.

  • What information will I need to give out when I book my vaccination?

    What information will I need to give out when I book my vaccination?

    You will be asked for your name and date of birth (DOB). If you know your NHS Number this will help to speed up the process. Your NHS number appears on various documents and correspondence you may have received related to your healthcare or medications.  If you cannot find it at home you can use this service on the NHS website to find your number.  Please do not call your GP to request your NHS number as they are telephone lines are incredibly busy and should be kept clear for patients who need to make appointments.

  • How are the vaccines being prioritised?

    How are the vaccines being prioritised?

    You canAtRisk view the first phase priority groups in this poster produced by Public Health England. 

    You can read about why you have to wait for your COVID-19 vaccine on the Government website or look at one of the guides listed below.

    The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) published advice on what the priority groups should be.  You can read the latest advice here.

  • Where are the vaccines being delivered?

    Where are the vaccines being delivered?

    The COVID-19 vaccine is being given to people at three types of locations across Norfolk and Waveney. 

    You will be offered an appointment when it is your turn. Please don’t call hospitals or GP practices to ask for a vaccine – they won’t be able to offer you a vaccine until it is your turn. 

    1. Hospital hubs

    Three hospitals are delivering the vaccine by appointment only: James Paget, Norfolk and Norwich and Queen Elizabeth NHS Trusts.

    2. PCN Sites

    Our Primary Care Networks (PCNs) have set-up sites across Norfolk and Waveney to deliver the vaccine from. They have also developed roving teams to go to care homes and people who are housebound. Our 21 GP-led sites are: 

    • Fakenham Medical Practice, Fakenham
    • St James Medical Practice, King’s Lynn
    • Lionwood Medical Practice, Norwich
    • Falkland Surgery, Bradwell
    • Swanton Morley Surgery, Swanton Morley
    • Thetford Healthy Living Centre, Thetford
    • Kirkley Mill Surgery, Lowestoft
    • Cringleford Surgery, Cringleford
    • St John’s Surgery, Terrington St John
    • Trinity and Bowthorpe Medical Practice, Norwich
    • Park Surgery, Great Yarmouth
    • Drayton Medical Practice
    • Sheringham Medical Practice
    • The Market Surgery, Aylsham
    • Sole Bay Health Centre, Southwold
    • Manor Farm Medical Centre, Swaffham
    • Poringland Community Centre, South Norfolk
    • Gurney Surgery, Norwich
    • Hoveton Village Hall, North Norfolk
    • Rossis Leisure, North Walsham
    • Snettisham Surgery

    3. Large vaccination centres

    There are currently 9 large vaccination centres delivering vaccinations in Norfolk and Waveney.  These are:

    • Castle Quarter shopping centre, Norwich
    • King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn
    • Connaught Hall, Station Road, Attleborough
    • North Walsham Community Centre, New Road, North Walsham
    • Norwich Community Hospital, Bowthorpe Road, Norwich
    • Law Courts, Lowestoft
    • The Town Hall, Downham Market
    • Paddock Road Surgery, Harleston
    • Great Yarmouth, Market Gates Shopping Centre

    4. Can I get a Covid Vaccine at my local pharmacy?

    As of June 28th 2021 the following pharmacies are delivering the vaccine in Norfolk and Waveney:

    • Hayden Chemist based at Hayden House, Bridge Rd, Lowestoft NR32 3LL
    • Beccles Health Centre Pharmacy, St Mary’s Road, Beccles NR34 9NQ
    • Hado Pharmacy in Diss (providing vaccinations at Diss Youth and Community Centre, Shelfanger Road IP22 4EH)
    • Boots Riverside, Wherry Rd, Norwich NR1 1WR
    • Worlingham Pharmacy, Woodland Ave, Worlingham, Beccles NR34 7EF
    • Willows Pharmacy, Paradise Rd, Downham Market PE38 9JE
    • Hunts Pharmacy, 205 Plumstead Rd, Norwich NR1 4AB
    • Roundwell Pharmacy, 27 Dr Torrens Way, New Costessey, Norwich NR5 0GB
    • Pharmacy 2U, 119 Prince of Wales Rd, Norwich NR1 1DU
    • Kessingland Pharmacy (providing vaccinations at Long Stratton Village Hall, Ipswich Road, Long Stratton NR15 2TA )
    • Universal Pharmacy, Unit 21, Turbine Way, Swaffham, Norfolk, PE37 7XD
    • Cromer Pharmacy, Mill Rd, Cromer NR27 0BG
    • Drayton Pharmacy 8 Manor Farm Cl, Drayton, Norwich NR8 6EE
    • Cutlers Hill Pharmacy Bungay Rd, Halesworth IP19 8SG

    As more pharmacies join the local programme in the coming weeks, and as new vaccination sites go live, we will update the news section of our website.

     

    Can I buy a Covid Vaccine privately? 

    The pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccinations are part of the national NHS vaccination programme and the vaccines are provided free on the NHS.

    Unlike the flu jab, you cannot currently pay for a COVID vaccination at pharmacies.

  • I am an unpaid carer for a family member or friend – can I have the vaccine?

    I am an unpaid carer for a family member or friend – can I have the vaccine?

    The vaccine is available for eligible carers (paid and unpaid) who:

    • Are in receipt of a carer’s allowance OR
    • Are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person who is clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 OR whose welfare may be at risk if their carer falls ill.

    This includes carers who are:

    • A parent or primary carer of a disabled child or young person
    • Young carers aged 16+
    • Caring for someone with severe mental illness

    If you are registered as a carer with your GP practice or receive regular carers allowance payments, you should automatically receive an invitation for vaccination and do not need to contact us. See above for what to do if you are not registered with a GP.

    Those carers not known to health and care services can register their contact details to be invited for vaccination. The easiest way to do this is online.

    Caring Together can help you register for a vaccine online if you do not have access to a computer: call 0345 241 0954. They also offer free support to carers, and those they care for, so they can get to vaccination appointments - this includes transport to and from appointments and qualified care workers providing cover to look after someone with care needs. 

    Contact 0345 241 0954, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or complete the form.

    Paid care workers who have not yet received a vaccine (or been identified via their employer) can also register at the website address above.  This includes people working for a home care provider, a private agency, people paid as a personal assistant through Direct Payments or those working under a private arrangement.

    Covid guidance for carers is available on the Carers UK website.

  • Translated guides about Covid-19.

    Translated guides about Covid-19.

    View our dedicated page for translated documents here

  • Is any transport assistance available?

    Is any transport assistance available?

    A number of GP surgeries across Norfolk and Waveney are making vaccination appointments for those eligible to have the COVID-19 vaccine.

    If you've been invited for an appointment, your GP surgery will check your transport arrangements with you. There are various options available if you need any further help to arrange transport to the surgery.

    If you have any difficulties getting to your appointment, or require further assistance or support, please discuss this with your GP practice or hospital when they contact you.

    If you live in Norfolk, you can find more information about community and other transport options available to you on the Norfolk County Council website and on the Transport Plus webpage.

    If you live in the Waveney area Connecting Communities can help to arrange transport to help you get to your COVID-19 vaccination once you have an appointment booked.

    Caring Together is offering support to carers in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to enable them to access the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Addressing YOUR Concerns - Common questions and key facts about the vaccination programme

    Addressing YOUR Concerns - Common questions and key facts about the vaccination programme

    This information is written in plain English and is aimed at anyone who may have heard things about the vaccine that has made them concerned.  This document will be updated based on engagement with feedback from specific patient groups, professionals working in health and social care and the enquiries we receive from the public. Read it here

     

     

     

  • Which vaccines have been approved?

    Which vaccines have been approved?

    Three vaccines have been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for use in the UK.  The first two are currently being administered in Norfolk and Waveney. Click on the links below to find out more:

     

  • Second Covid-19 Vaccine appointments

    Second Covid-19 Vaccine appointments

    All of the Covid-19 vaccines currently available need to be given in two separate doses with time in between.

    You can now get your second dose vaccination from 8 weeks onwards, instead of 12. Please do not request a second vaccination earlier than 8 weeks. We are working to national guidance that states the minimum interval between doses should be 8 weeks. This is based on scientific evidence regarding effectiveness and ensuring people get the maximum protection possible from the vaccination. Just re-book via the NHS national booking system - you can view available appointments before cancelling your existing appointment. If you attend a walk in clinic for your second dose please remember to cancel your original appointment so others can have that slot.

    For both vaccines, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) guidance is that both offer considerable protection after a single dose, at least in the short term. For both vaccines the second dose completes the course and is likely to be important for longer term protection.

    Prioritising the first doses of vaccine for as many people as possible on the priority list will protect the greatest number of at risk people overall in the shortest possible time.  It will also have the greatest impact on reducing the number of people who die, become acutely ill or need hospitalisation, and in protecting the NHS and care services.

  • Work or volunteer with us to help deliver the vaccine

    Work or volunteer with us to help deliver the vaccine

    The NHS in Norfolk and Waveney is recruiting thousands of vaccinators and support staff to help protect millions of people from COVID-19. 

    By bolstering its workforce the NHS will be able to offer the public potentially life-saving protection from coronavirus in a range of locations, focusing on the most at-risk groups first, whilst at the same time keeping A&Es, elective surgery, GPs and community services going.

    Roles we are seeking to fill across Norfolk and Waveney include:

    • Clinical Operational Supervisors
    • Registered Practitioners
    • Immunisers
    • Front of house receptionists
    • Post-vaccination Observation Support Volunteers

    If you’re interested in opportunities available across Norfolk and Waveney, we’d love to hear from you. You can find out more by:

    • visiting NHS Jobs where you can also apply online, or
    • contacting our HR Team via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Vaccine information for specific patient groups and staff

    Vaccine information for specific patient groups and staff

    • Guide for older adults - This leaflet provides information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme, who is eligible and who needs to have the vaccine to protect them from the virus. This guide is for older adults. 

    For the hard of hearing please see the BSL video explaining vaccination procedures for older adults below: 

    Guide to getting the COVID Jab for those with SMI | Part 1  

    Guide to getting the COVID Jab for those with SMI | Part 2 

  • Are there reasons why I may not be able to have either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca (Oxford) vaccine?

    Are there reasons why I may not be able to have either the Pfizer or AstraZeneca (Oxford) vaccine?

    There are slightly different rules as to who will not be able to receive the Pfizer and AstraZeneca (Oxford) vaccines currently available.

    You will not be able to have the Pfizer vaccine if you:

    • are less than 16 years of age
    • have had an allergic reaction (including anaphylaxis) to a previous dose of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine
    • have a history of immediate-onset anaphylaxis to many drugs, or unexplained anaphylaxis
    • are pregnant
    • are suffering from a fever
    • are participating in a clinical trial of COVID-19 vaccines
    • have received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the preceding 21 days
    • have completed a course of COVID-19 vaccination

    You will not be able to have the AstraZeneca (Oxford) vaccine if you:

    • are less than 18 years of age
    • have had a previous allergic reaction (including anaphylaxis) to a previous dose of AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine
    • are pregnant
    • are suffering from a fever
    • are participating in a clinical trial of COVID-19 vaccines
    • have received a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the preceding 28 days
    • have completed a course of COVID-19 vaccination

     

  • Are vaccination sites accessible for people with mobility problems?

    Are vaccination sites accessible for people with mobility problems?

    All of our vaccination sites have undergone rigorous assessments to ensure they are both as accessible as possible.

    All our local practices, hospitals and community pharmacies are required to be accessible under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). Those that are vaccination sites are used to offering flu vaccinations and a range of services to people with a variety of physical needs. Most of the sites are making information about accessibility available on their websites, for example at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

    All our large vaccination sites (LVS) also need to be DDA compliant including ramps for those entering or leaving the building. The Castle Quarter LVS in Norwich Castle Mall is also able to offer visitors use of a lift. LVS sites were selected on the basis of having 60 public car parking spaces on-site or nearby.

    We realise that for many adults who live with autism or learning disabilities, going to the vaccination centre can be difficult. There is information about the vaccination programme and what to expect on our easy read page, and on the Suffolk Ordinary Lives website.

    NHS England has visited all of the sites described above to ensure they are suitable before they are allowed to operate as a vaccination site.

  • Can I catch Covid-19 from going to a vaccination site?

    Can I catch Covid-19 from going to a vaccination site?

    Every possible effort is made to ensure that the vaccination process is safe.  All our vaccination sites have to comply with strict social distancing and hand hygiene measures following guidance from Public Health England.

    An Infection and Prevent Control Nurse from NHS Norfolk and Waveney CCG reviewed every risk assessment and specification for all the proposed sites to make sure they were suitable.

    Social distancing is observed at all times during queuing, having your vaccination and, if appropriate, during the 15 minutes observation time required afterwards.

    Your temperature is checked on arrival and anyone with a high temperature will not be allowed into the vaccination centre. Hand sanitisers are available at regular intervals, and chairs are sanitised between each vaccination.

    The vaccinator asks a series of screening questions to make sure the individual is suitable to receive the vaccine. Only suitably trained, competent staff are able to support the vaccination process.

  • What happens if I get a letter inviting me to use the national booking system?

    What happens if I get a letter inviting me to use the national booking system?

    As well as being offered vaccination appointments at local GP practices and community hubs, patients aged 70+ and 80+ (as well as health and care frontline staff, and people on the national shielded list) are now receiving letters from NHS England inviting them to use the national booking system for an appointment at Castle Quarter in Norwich (and Hayden Chemist in Lowestoft).

    If you:

    1) Have already had a first vaccination and been given an appointment for a second dose, then please keep this appointment and ensure you go back to the same place where you first attended.

    2) Have a confirmed appointment with your local GP practice or community hub for a first vaccine then please keep this appointment and ignore the letter sent by NHS England.

    3) Have received a letter from NHS England offering you an appointment at Castle Quarter in Norwich and have not previously been offered an appointment from your GP practice or a community hub then you can choose to either:

    a) Book a vaccination at Castle Quarter through the national appointment system using the telephone number and website address provided in the NHS England letter

    OR

    b) Wait until a local GP Practice or community hub contacts you with an appointment. You shouldn’t have to wait too long as this process is underway.

     

  • My hospital appointment has been changed and I don’t know what to do?

    My hospital appointment has been changed and I don’t know what to do?

    If your appointment has been changed or cancelled we will contact you with new appointment details so there is no need to ring the hospital unless you are concerned that your condition has changed – in which case contact the relevant hospital department in the first instance.

    If you have an appointment, and haven’t heard from us, please attend as scheduled. Our hospitals are zoned to keep both staff and patients safe – and it is important that you keep your appointment so we can conduct an assessment of your condition as soon as possible.

  • Information for pregnant women

    Information for pregnant women

    Important information about the COVID-19 vaccination is available on the Just One Norfolk website for all women of childbearing age in Norfolk and Waveney, those currently pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or breastfeeding. 

  • Compliments - positive feedback on the vaccination programme

    Compliments - positive feedback on the vaccination programme

    Got a good story about getting the Covid Vaccination?  Share it here by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    You can also leave feedback and review what others have said on the

    Healthwatch Norfolk and Healthwatch Suffolk sites.

     

    30 March 2021

    Received via telephone:  A lady attended the Caste Quarter site today and wanted to express her thanks to all staff. She commented the centre was well run, well organised, had friendly staff and the experience was amazing.  Well played all!


    6 March 2021

    I was fortunate to have my first covid vaccination yesterday at the food hall Castle Quarter.

    I would appreciate it if you could pass on my thanks to everyone there. It was so efficient and well run and everyone concerned was smiling and making all the people being vaccinated at ease.


    22 Jan 2021

    "I had my first jab last Sunday at a Village Hall.  Once we got into the hall it was very well organised and extremely speedy and painless. A most helpful lady was at the exit to offer a helping hand up the ramp to the outside.  They had thought of everything.  A big Thank You to all concerned at the practice.

    I received the official letter the following day enclosing a leaflet which seemed to suggest that the secibd jab would depend on my making the appointment instead of its being arranged by the practice.  However, on reading the NHS information page online, it seems that this is not so.

    Thank you NHS!!!"


    13 Jan 2021

    "I had a COVID 19 vaccination today and I should like you all to know how very efficient the whole process was. Easy parking, with my wheelchair being taken to the centre, where there was nothing but smiles and efficiency and a rapid movement through the whole process, and then taken out to the car park attendant and back to the car. THE WHOLE PROCESS COULD NOT HAVE BEEN DONE ANY BETTER OR EFFICIENTLY! Thank you"


    11 Jan 2021

    “I wanted to share my experience of taking my parents to a vaccination site in Great Yarmouth and Waveney area three weeks ago for their first jab. We were greeted at the gates by a lovely young man who was polite, reassuring and explained where I was going, where to park etc.  I explained I had both parents and they weren’t very mobile to which he assured me there was nothing to worry about, and he organised the traffic to allow me to park close to the entrance.  He then proceeded to assist me with a wheelchair for my mother, and wheeled my mother in whilst I walked my dad. It was such a relief as I suffer from anxiety and don’t know how I would have coped.  On the way in I was greeted by a lady who again was fantastic and went out of her way to put me at ease.

    Once inside the system was flawless.  We were met at the desk by a lady manager who was friendly and again very helpful.  The staff inside were brilliant with both my parents, and the process was efficient and very good.  After we had sat for the waiting period after the jabs and it was time to leave, I was pleasantly surprised to find I had assistance from both the earlier people again helping to get my parents in the car. I honestly was so relieved that they went out of their way to ensure the safety and comfort of me and my vulnerable parents.

    Yesterday we returned for my parents second vaccine and although I was greeted by a different person on the gate which worried me, I was relieved to see the young man I saw first time who recognised me.  He again accommodated me a space close to the entrance and again went out of his way to assist me getting my mother into a wheelchair and again wheeling her in so she wasn’t in the cold. It was a gesture which reminds me there are still kind caring people out there.  The process was again flawless with the young man also on hand again to help me.

    I was so worried about taking my parents for their vaccines and as it’s just me who is local out of all my family, and knowing the importance of the vaccine, so I went ahead even though my anxiety was high and I did it!

    So lastly I want to thank all members staff who made us feel at ease and provided a seamless service but I would like to say a special thank you to that young man who went above and beyond on both visits, and organised everything so well, assisting me and making me and my parents feel at ease.  The whole process was much more easy than I thought, even though it was freezing cold!  He was brilliant and a credit to the NHS.  I hope the staff and this gentleman get my thanks and appreciation.

    Keep up the great work you’re doing!”


     

  • COVID Oximetry @home monitoring service

    COVID Oximetry @home monitoring service

    The NHS is expanding a monitoring service which is helping to support people at home who have been diagnosed with coronavirus and are most at risk of becoming seriously unwell.

    Already available in many areas of the country, this service is now being expanded as part of how the NHS is supporting coronavirus patients during the second wave of the pandemic. 

    We are pleased to announce the COVID Oximetry @home monitoring service is now live across NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

    People who have been diagnosed with coronavirus, are symptomatic, and either extremely vulnerable to coronavirus or aged 65 or older, including people in care homes, will be provided with a pulse oximeter and supporting information so that they can self-monitor their oxygen levels at home for up to 14 days, with assistance from carers and/or family where appropriate.  

    A pulse oximeter is a small medical device that is put on the tip of the finger, to check someone’s oxygen levels. Pulse oximeters measure blood oxygen levels by transmitting light through a finger – they are more accurate than smart watches or phones which make less accurate readings by reflecting light off the skin. By regularly monitoring oxygen levels with a pulse oximeter, it can be easier to spot if coronavirus symptoms are getting worse and identify if someone needs treatment or support.

    Regular prompts or check-in calls, emails or texts will be offered to confirm that the patient is using the oximeter and recording the information correctly, usually via a paper diary or suitable app.

    Clear guidance on what to do in case of any concerns (either via contacting the GP, 111 or attending A&E in case of emergency) will be provided, with 24/7 access to advice and support.

    If, after 14 days of the onset of symptoms, patients show no signs of deterioration with coronavirus, they will be appropriately discharged from the service and given advice on returning the oximeter safely, and how to continue supporting themselves at home.   

    NHS Volunteer Responders are on hand to support the service by delivering oximeters to people’s homes where needed.

    Patients are encouraged to safely and promptly return oximeters so they can support the NHS, other patients and help minimise the environmental impact.

    Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

    What is a pulse oximeter?

    A pulse oximeter is a small medical device that is put on the tip of the finger, to check someone’s oxygen levels. Pulse oximeters measure blood oxygen levels by transmitting light through a finger – they are more accurate than smart watches or phones which make less accurate reading by reflecting light off the skin. By regularly monitoring oxygen levels, it can be easier to spot if coronavirus symptoms are getting worse and whether people need to be admitted to hospital.  

    Why is this service being recommended?

    Research has shown that patients most at risk of becoming very unwell from coronavirus are best identified by oxygen levels. Because of this, the use of a pulse oximeter to monitor oxygen levels, including at home, is recommended for this group. This means that people are more likely to get the help they need as quickly as possible if their condition worsens.

    Is everyone with a positive diagnosis of coronavirus eligible?

    This service is being designed to support those who are most likely to benefit, which are those people who are most at risk of becoming very unwell from COVID-19. This includes people with COVID-19 who are symptomatic and have either been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19, or are aged 65 or older, including people in care homes.

    What oximeters should people use? Can people use their own devices or smartwatches to monitor their oxygen saturation levels?

    All oximeters for home use should be CE marked and must meet the international standard (ISO 80601-2-61:2017). Some new devices such as smartwatches can measure blood oxygen levels, however, these devices are generally not medically accurate and therefore should not be used for monitoring oxygen levels of someone with coronavirus.

    What support and training is available for patients, carers, families to help use and interpret the oximeters?  

    A patient diary is available to download which includes step by step, written instructions on using an oximeter and what to do in case of concerns. This includes a paper version of a diary for monitoring but in some areas /for some patients where it is appropriate, an app may also be used. There is also an NHS film on how to use a pulse oximeter and general information available on NHS UK. Translated and easy read versions of the patient diary are available (to access latest versions of the diary and alternative versions, visit this landing page).   

  • Support the vaccination roll-out on social media

    Support the vaccination roll-out on social media

    There is a new campaign to support the vaccine roll-out which has been backed by social media companies and British institutions. Social media platforms and celebrities have teamed up with the government and the NHS to launch new graphics to show support for vaccine roll-out.
     
    Here is an example: 
    s300 NHS ill get my covid vaccine
    More information on the campaign can be found here
     
    To support the campaign and add a frame to your Facebook profile picture click here (Desktop only) for mobile Facebook or Instagram visit the article.
  • Support for employers and their staff in getting the Covid-19 vaccine

    Support for employers and their staff in getting the Covid-19 vaccine

    Information is available on the ACAS website about supporting people in paid employment to get the Covid-19 vaccination.

  • Information about the COVID vaccinations if you have an allergy

    Information about the COVID vaccinations if you have an allergy

    Visit the Allergy UK website for general information or for information specific to anaphylaxis visit the Anaphylaxis Campaign website.

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