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First pharmacy vaccination site goes live in Norfolk and Waveney

People eligible for vaccination in East Norfolk and South Waveney will now have more locations to choose from when contacted to make their appointment.

In addition to the vaccination sites already operating from The Park Surgery in Great Yarmouth, James Paget Hospital in Gorleston and Kirkley Mill Surgery in Lowestoft, the Hayden Chemist based at Hayden House, Bridge Road, Lowestoft will join the COVID-19 vaccination programme from Thursday, 21 January 2021.

Hayden Chemist is one of 65 pharmacy sites nationally to join the vaccination programme this week and early next week, with more to come.

Said Beverley Far, Manager of the Hayden Chemist in Lowestoft: “It’s great that local people can come to their community pharmacy for their COVID-19 vaccination. The team have worked really hard getting ready to vaccinate and the site has plenty of parking and good disabled access so is an ideal location.

“Whilst we are looking forward to welcoming eligible patients for their free NHS COVID-19 jab, please note that we can only vaccinate those people who have received a letter and have been invited to book an appointment via the national NHS booking system.”

Melanie Craig, Chief Executive of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “I’m really pleased that our continued hard work and efforts to vaccinate people in Norfolk and Waveney will be further boosted by the support of local pharmacies. This will help us vaccinate those at greatest risk from COVID-19 as quickly as possible. Pharmacists are very experienced in vaccinating patients as they do every year against flu.

“Please remember not to contact your GP practice, pharmacy or other NHS services to ask about when you will be invited for a COVID-19 vaccine; you will be contacted as soon as it’s your turn. Please do not attend a vaccination site without an appointment.”

Hayden Chemist joins 25 other sites offering appointments for those eligible for vaccination across Norfolk and Waveney:

Large-scale vaccination site - via letter and national appointment system

  • Castle Quarter Shopping Mall, Norwich

21 GP-led sites (also vaccinating other nearby practices and care homes) – via local invite from Primary Care Networks

  • 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

Three hospital sites – via local invite or via letter and national appointment system

  • James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Foundation Trust

Nationally, vaccinations are already available from more than 1,000 GP-led services, more than 200 hospitals and a growing network of large-scale NHS Vaccination Centres.

NHS deputy chief pharmaceutical officer Bruce Warner said: “The NHS vaccination programme, the biggest in the health service’s history, has got off to a strong start with our hard-working staff delivering more than (Wednesday jab numbers to go here) million vaccinations.

“After our successful launch in pharmacies last week, scores more sites are now offering the life-saving jab.

“As more vaccine supply comes online, we will be able to open even more helping us to vaccinate vulnerable people even faster.”

NHS staff are working around the clock to vaccinate priority groups in line with the guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

That was restricted to those aged 80 along with care home residents and staff but after the strong start the government has opened vaccinations up to all those aged 70 and over and the clinically vulnerable. Those aged 80 or over will continue to be prioritised for appointments.

Those who are eligible are being invited to arrange an appointment at a pharmacy service of Vaccination Centre through the national booking service.

Anyone who cannot or does not want to travel can wait to be vaccinated by their local GP service or hospital.

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 inviting you to book through the national booking service you can choose to:

a) Book a vaccination at Castle Quarter or Hayden Chemist 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.

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