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More COVID-19 pharmacy vaccination sites go live across Norfolk and Waveney

People eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination in Norfolk and Waveney will have more locations to choose from when booking their appointment.

In addition to the vaccination sites already operating, the following pharmacy sites are going live this week:

  • Boots Riverside, Norwich
  • Worlingham Pharmacy, Beccles
  • Willows Pharmacy, Downham Market

They join pharmacy sites already live at:

  • Hayden Chemist, Lowestoft
  • Beccles Health Centre Pharmacy, Beccles
  • Hado Pharmacy in Diss (providing vaccinations at Diss Youth and Community Centre)

Further pharmacy sites are due to go live the week commencing 31 May. They are:

  • Hunts Pharmacy, Norwich
  • Roundwell Pharmacy, Costessey
  • Pharmacy 2U, Prince of Wales Road, Norwich
  • Kessingland Pharmacy (providing vaccinations at Long Stratton Village Hall)
  • Universal Pharmacy, Swaffham

In addition, Cromer Pharmacy is due to go live the week commencing 7 June.

These pharmacies join hundreds of pharmacy sites nationally to join the vaccination programme, providing more choice and flexibility for local people to book their appointments.

The NHS opened up bookings to people aged 32 and 33 on Saturday as the biggest and fastest vaccination programme in NHS history continues rolling out.

Melanie Craig, Chief Executive of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: I’m really pleased that we can announce a number of further community pharmacy sites which will be offering the life-saving COVID-19 vaccinations to patients in Norfolk and Waveney. These pharmacies will provide more locations for patients to choose from when booking their appointment via the national booking system.

“The COVID-19 vaccination programme in Norfolk and Waveney continues to go from strength to strength. Pharmacies are highly-experienced in giving vaccinations and provide an extra choice for people when booking their vaccine via the national NHS booking system. It’s fantastic that pharmacies are joining the fight against COVID-19. Pharmacists sit at the heart of the community, so we are delighted to use their expertise to help deliver the national NHS coronavirus vaccination programme.”

Lauren Seamons, Deputy Chief Officer of the Norfolk Local Pharmaceutical Committee said: “We are pleased to see Community Pharmacies providing such a vital service to their local communities alongside the other established vaccination teams across the county. This is just one of many examples of how pharmacy teams have helped support patients, the public and the nation during the pandemic.”

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Notes to editors

  • Appointments for these pharmacy sites should be booked through the national booking service by visiting uk/covid-vaccination or ringing 119.  
  • Available appointments will be shown on the national portal and will be determined by vaccine supply.
  • 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-19 vaccination at pharmacies.
  • Appointments must be booked in advance by those who are eligible.
  • Please do not attend a vaccination site without an appointment.
  • Millions of people are already benefiting from protection from the virus and this has contributed to dramatic falls in infections, hospitalisations and deaths.

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:

  • unless you have been invited before, please don’t contact the NHS to book 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.

 

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