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Canaries defender Ben Gibson adds weight to Norfolk and Waveney’s COVID-19 vaccination drive with video message

Canaries defender Ben Gibson is supporting Norfolk and Waveney’s vaccination drive by calling on everyone aged over 18 to come forward and get their COVID-19 jabs.

In a video message shared on social media, Ben says: “I have had my COVID-19 jab. If you are over the age of 18, please, please go out and get your vaccination done.  There are so many different opportunities and different ways you can get it booked in and get vaccinated now, protecting not only yourself, but your friends, your family and other people that you come into contact with.

“You can book via the national booking system, calling 119 or by going to the many different walk-in centres across Norfolk and Waveney. Let’s get back to doing the things we love together and protect ourselves and our friends and family.”

Melanie Craig, Chief Executive of NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “We would like to thank Norwich City Football Club and Ben Gibson for lending their support to our vaccination campaign. Getting the vaccine is our best defence against COVID-19, with the jabs saving thousands of lives already. I would encourage everyone who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination to take the opportunity to protect themselves and others by having the vaccine when it is offered.”

According to data published today by NHS England and NHS Improvement  88% of people aged over 18 in Norfolk and Waveney have received their first dose, compared to 83% of adults in England.

Some 69% of people aged over 18 in Norfolk and Waveney have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, compared to 61% of adults in England.

More than a million doses of vaccine (1,307,844) have been given in Norfolk and Waveney. In the latest week, 31,594 doses were given of which 19,830 were first doses and 11,764 ere second doses. 

Norfolk and Waveney has got off to a flying start with vaccinations for younger people with 52% of 18-24 year olds, 69% of 25-29 year olds and 80% of 30-34 year olds having received their first dose.

PHE estimates indicate that the vaccination programme has prevented around 42,000 hospitalisations in those aged 65 years and over in England. It also estimates that 14,000 deaths have now been prevented in people aged 60 years or older in England up to 30 May 2021.

The CCG has joined forces with Public Health and Norfolk County Council to launch a new vaccination uptake campaign aimed at 18-29 year-olds called Every Vaccine Counts.  Based on insight and feedback from people in this age range, key messages and adverts will appear on social media, including Instagram and Snapchat, billboards, buses, and will take centre stage on the big screen at Norwich's Chantry Place, (formerly the Chapelfield shopping centre) as well as appearing in other areas of high footfall of younger people.

The campaign aims to drive home the importance of every single vaccination in making a difference and the speed and ease with which people can now get a vaccine to protect themselves and others.   It also reminds people that vaccinations are our best chance of ‘getting back to normal’ and doing the things we enjoy most.

University students returning to Norfolk for the summer are also being urged to book a vaccine through the nation booking system or attend one of our Pfizer or Moderna drop in clinics. FAQs are now available for students in Higher Education, which covers how students can access the vaccination, how they will be invited to get vaccinated, and FAQs for international students.

NHS Norfolk and Waveney CCG is also working with local schools to encourage parents and carers of pupils to come forward for their jab so we can reduce the need for young people to self-isolate and miss any more time in the classroom.

Increased numbers of bookable appointments and walk-in slots are currently available to meet the demand from younger people, now all those aged 18+ are eligible for vaccination.

The walk-in clinics provide a good spread of first and second dose locations and options and additional local pharmacy sites are going live to increase the number of bookable appointments available closer to home.

Local GP practices are identifying from their records those who still haven’t had their second vaccination and reminding them of the importance of the added protection it provides.  Texts to patients due their second doses and people living very close to walk in vaccination clinics will start to be sent out locally next week.

Getting the vaccine is the single most important step we can take to protect ourselves, our families and our communities against COVID-19.  The vaccine has been tested by scientists and researchers world-wide and every vaccine has gone through thorough checks.

The latest information about who can get a vaccine and where – including local drop in and bookable clinics - is always available at www.norfolkandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk

Appointments can be booked through the national booking service by visiting nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or telephoning 119. When invited, people can book at one of the vaccination centre, pharmacy or general practice sites that are available through the national booking service.

Text invitations appear as an alert from ‘NHSvaccine’, including a web link to the NHS website to reserve an appointment.


An up to date list of local walk-in vaccination clinics can be found on the CCG’s website here.     

If you have it, please take with you your NHS number to help the vaccination team book you in quickly (please see here).   But don’t worry if you don’t have an NHS number or are not registered with a GP / local doctor, you can still get vaccinated. 

You do NOT need to show identification (ID) to receive a COVID-19 vaccination and you do not need to give your full name or address.  It does not matter whether you are a UK citizen or what your immigration status is, how long you have been here or how long you expect to stay. 

Anyone aged 18+ can have a vaccination, we want to vaccinate as many people as we can and we want to make getting a vaccine as easy as possible for you.

Before your vaccination:  Don't forget to keep hydrated (bring some bottled water with you) and have something to eat before you come!



Notes to Editors:


First doses for people under the age of 40

You will be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, in line with national guidance. If you’ve already had your first dose of vaccine, whichever vaccine you have had, please go for your second to get the maximum possible protection for longer. If you book via the national booking system or your GP practice contacts you, they will only offer you vaccines that are approved for use to people under the age of 40.

Second doses

Following national guidance and in line with all areas of the country, people aged 40 and over and the clinically vulnerable are having their second doses brought forward. This is so people at greater risk of getting seriously ill due to coronavirus can get maximum protection earlier.  

The standard window between your first and second dose should be on or around 12 weeks, but for people over the age of 40 and those in cohorts 1-9, this is being brought forward to eight weeks.

If you are already over the eight-week window since your first dose, please do not worry – you will be sent a text or contacted by an NHS organisation to change your appointment for an earlier date, shortly.

A single dose of the vaccine provides a good level of protection from COVID-19, but the second dose is important to ensure lasting protection.


COVID-19 vaccination status

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine will be able to demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. People can prove their vaccination status: 



Urgent care is still available for those who need it, so we would urge people not to put off coming forward. We continue to encourage people to use 111 first for urgent care so that they can be directed to the best local service for them, or 999 for life-threatening illness or injuries. 

Every member of the public can support our key workers and the national effort by following the rules where they live to try to contain the virus and remembering hands, face, space at all times.  

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


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