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People over the age of 45 are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine

People over the age of 45 are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine as the NHS vaccination programme continues to make strong progress.

Thanks to the thousands of people involved, the NHS has now offered vaccines to everyone aged 50 and over as well as millions of health and social care workers, unpaid carers and people at higher clinical risk across the country, and delivered over 27 million first doses.

Take-up of the vaccine has been exceptionally strong; five out of six people in the first nine priority groups have already chosen to take up the offer. This offer remains on the table, so if you are in these groups and haven’t taken it up yet, there is still time.

Now, this important milestone has been reached, alongside making sure those who are due it can receive their second dose, the NHS is able to start offering first doses to people in the next eligible group.

Those over the age of 45 can book via the national booking system at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by ringing 119 free of charge. Appointment availability can vary, depending on demand and vaccine supply, so please keep checking as appointments are regularly added. Alternatively, eligible patients can contact their GP practice to ask for an appointment.

In Norfolk and Waveney we continue to offer vaccinations to people who haven’t yet received the first dose from cohorts 1-9 which includes:

  • people aged 50 and over
  • people at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • people who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable/immunosuppressed (confirmation needed from GP and ID to show linked address)
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers
  • people with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • people with a learning disability
  • people who are the main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

Melanie Craig, Chief Executive of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “The progress being made by the teams on the ground is incredible and we are incredibly grateful to them for doing such an amazing job.

“We encourage anyone who is eligible for a vaccine to accept the offer as soon as they can to protect themselves and those around them. So if you are in any of the eligible groups, please don’t delay.”

Last week it emerged that 66% of people aged over 16 in Norfolk and Waveney have now received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The news came as health leaders reassured patients that the risk of any serious side effects is incredibly rare and urged anyone eligible who has not yet received their first dose of vaccine to come forward to be vaccinated.

The latest published figures (up to Sunday 4 April 2021) show that 66% of people aged over 16 in Norfolk and Waveney have received their first dose, compared to 59% of adults in England. This puts us fourth out of the 42 health and care systems in England.

Whilst 66% 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.

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