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Norfolk and Waveney’s COVID-19 vaccination programme continues to make strong progress with further walk-in clinics open this Easter weekend

Some 65% of people aged over 16 in Norfolk and Waveney have now received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, newly released figures show.

The news comes as health leaders urge anyone who is eligible and who has not yet received their first dose of vaccine to come forward to be vaccinated.

A number of walk-in vaccination clinics are open across Norfolk and Waveney over the Easter weekend and no appointment is necessary.

Alternatively, people in cohorts 1-9 can continue to book their first vaccine appointments – including over the Easter weekend - at large scale vaccination centres across the county via www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by ringing 119 free of charge

According to data published today by NHS England and NHS Improvement  609,005 doses of vaccine have been given in Norfolk and Waveney. Some 555,217 people have received their first dose and 53,788 their second dose. 

In the week to last Sunday, 60,064 doses of vaccine were given in Norfolk and Waveney, (38,338 were first doses and 21,726 were second doses).

The figures show that 65% of people aged over 16 in Norfolk and Waveney have received their first dose, compared to 57% of adults in England. This puts us third out of the 42 health and care systems in England.

The figures also show that:

  • 97% of over 80s have received their first dose of vaccine and 33% have received their second dose.
  • 100% of 75-79 year olds have received their first dose of vaccine
  • 96% of 70-74 year olds have received their first dose of vaccine
  • 93% of 65-69 year olds have received their first dose of vaccine
  • 97% of 60-64 year olds have received their first dose of vaccine
  • 95% of 55-59 year olds have received their first dose of vaccine
  • 87% of 50-54 year olds have received their first dose of vaccine

Melanie Craig, Chief Executive of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “The NHS vaccination programme continues to make strong progress in Norfolk and Waveney. We want to ensure everyone in an eligible group has had the chance to get protected, especially those who are clinically vulnerable and most at risk of serious illness.

“We don’t want anyone to be left behind and I would urge anyone who has underlying health conditions, carers, health and social care and care home staff who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19, to come forward now.”

The Norfolk and Waveney health and care system is planning a further push this Easter weekend to vaccinate all remaining people in priority groups 1-9 before we are given the go-ahead to open up appointments to younger cohorts in the near future.

Whilst 65% of people aged over 16 in Norfolk and Waveney have already received the vaccine, it is vital that those who are eligible for a vaccine and have not already booked an appointment are reminded and encouraged to do so.

Groups 1-9 include:

  • Anyone aged 50+
  • Individuals who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (aged 16 and over)
  • Health and social care staff
  • Care home workers and residents
  • Carers (paid and unpaid, including young carers aged 16+)

A number of drop-in clinics are available for first vaccines for these groups over the Easter weekend:

  • Norwich – Gurney Surgery, 40 Fishergate, Norwich, NR3 1SE, tomorrow (Friday 2 April) 8am-6pm, no appointment necessary.
  • Norwich – Lionwood Medical Practice, 30a Wellesley Avenue North, Norwich, NR1 4NU, tomorrow (Friday 2 April 8am-6pm), no appointment necessary.
  • West Norfolk– Downham Market Town Hall, Bridge Street, Downham Market, PE38 9DW, Monday 5 April, 8:30am- 2pm, no appointment necessary.
  • West Norfolk – The Inspire Centre at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, PE30 4ES, walk-in appointments on Tuesdays and Fridays (including tomorrow Friday 2 April), 8am-7.45pm, no appointment necessary.
  • East Coast – James Paget Hospital (Burrage Centre), Gorleston NR31 6LA – Monday 5 April 9am-4pm, no appointment necessary.

If patients have an appointment already booked over the coming weeks, it is important those appointments are kept and attended rather than a drop-in appointment being selected as a substitute.

 

ENDS

 

Notes to Editors:

COVID-19 vaccination programme

  • Vaccination sites across Norfolk and Waveney comprise of hospital hubs, primary care network sites, pharmacy and large vaccination centres.
  • We need the public to continue to play their part. That means:
  • unless you are in the groups being invited now, please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you when it is the right time;
  • when we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments at exactly the time you’re asked to;
  • and whether you have had your vaccine or not, please continue to follow all the guidance in place to control the virus and save lives.
  • Please don’t worry if you are unable to book online, the NHS will contact you to book your vaccination.
  • More information can be found here: https://www.norfolkandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccination-programme

 

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