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Health leaders urge people to be patient as COVID-19 vaccine drive continues at pace across Norfolk and Waveney

Almost 70% of people aged over 16 in Norfolk and Waveney have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, newly released figures show.

According to data published today by NHS England and NHS Improvement  69% of adults in Norfolk and Waveney have received their first dose, compared to 62% of adults in England. This puts us fifth out of the 42 health and care systems in England.

The figures also show that 31% of people aged over 16 in Norfolk and Waveney have received their second dose, compared to 24% of adults in England. This puts us second out of the 42 health and care systems. Some 83% of people aged over 70 have received their second dose.

A total of 845,669 doses of vaccine have been given locally since the start of the vaccination programme. In the week to last Sunday 25 April an additional 66,257 doses were given of which 12,207 were first doses and 54,050 were second doses.

Melanie Craig, Chief Executive of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “The vaccination programme continues to make strong progress in Norfolk and Waveney and people aged 42 or over, or those who will turn 42 before 1 July 2021, are now eligible for a vaccination alongside other priority groups.

“With fewer vaccines available this month, as was expected and planned for, we are having to prioritise the current supply of vaccine in Norfolk and Waveney for people needing their second doses. This means there are fewer local vaccination sites appearing as options on the national booking system

“This has been compounded by an increased demand for first dose appointments as people in cohort 10 have become eligible for vaccination in line with national guidance.

“We are urging everyone to be patient. Everyone who is eligible will receive a vaccine if they want one.

“If you cannot find an appointment at a vaccination site close to where you live please do not contact your GP practice. Our GP practices are very busy and we need to keep telephones clear for patients needing an appointment with a GP or nurse for other health issues and urgent care.

“As vaccine supplies increase over the coming days and weeks, more options will open up and you should be able to book an appointment closer to home. Please keep checking the national booking system every few days for the latest local vaccination slots.

“We are committed to making sure no one gets left behind but we need your support to make sure people are vaccinated in the right order and those most vulnerable to COVID get protected first.”

Mrs Craig added: “Every single member of the public can help support our key workers and the national effort by following the guidance in place to try to contain the virus and remembering hands, face, space at all times.

“And if you have coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, make sure you get tested and isolate for as long as is needed to help protect those you care for and others in your community.”

If you are in an eligible group – meaning you are 42 or over, or you'll turn 42 before 1 July 2021, have a health condition that puts you at greater risk, have a learning disability, or are a health or social care worker – and you haven’t booked your first dose yet, you can book at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119.                                    

People aged 16+ who 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) can register for a vaccine online at apps.norfolk.gov.uk/carervax

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Notes to Editors:

 Public urged to continue playing their part

Millions of people are already benefiting from protection from the virus and this has contributed to the dramatic falls in infections, hospitalisations and deaths from the virus we are now seeing.

But NHS staff are still having to work hard to deliver the largest vaccination drive in our history, at the same time as providing care for everyone who needs it.

So we need the public to continue to play their part too:

  • unless you have been invited before, please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you when it is the right time;
  • please attend your booked appointments at exactly the time you’re asked to, and make sure you come back for your second dose;

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.  

Second doses

If you had your first vaccination at a GP led site or Hospital Hub, they will contact you when it is time for your second dose and we strongly encourage everyone who is due to have their second dose to attend their appointment.

If you have booked your vaccinations via the national booking system, you should already have your second dose appointment booked.

More information about the vaccination programme can be found here: https://www.norfolkandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccination-programme   

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