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NHS Chiefs urge those eligible for boosters and those aged 12-15 to book their jabs now!

Residents in Norfolk and Waveney eligible for booster jabs and those aged 12-15 years of age are being urged to get their Covid-19 booster jab to protect them and their loved ones this winter.

Cath Byford Chief Nurse at NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:

“I’d encourage anyone who is eligible to book their booster which is available 182 days after their second vaccination.  Equally we want those aged 12-15 to access their vaccine and help stop the spread of the virus to other people, including within schools. 

Cath added: “The NHS is always under additional pressure during the autumn and winter as respiratory infections take hold. Reducing covid-related hospital admissions will help the NHS cope better during the winter months and reduce disruption to routine and planned care.”

Mike Passfield, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s Clinical Operations Director for the large scale vaccination centres added:

“Vaccinations are the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones and we are pleased that over 130,000 booster vaccinations, which equates to 55% of the eligible population, have been delivered across all vaccination services in Norfolk and Waveney including our large-scale vaccination centres.

“Currently boosters and vaccines for 12-15 year olds are only available by booking an appointment via www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine at all of our large scale centres.  We are delighted to confirm that walk-in clinics (as well as booked appointments) for these two cohorts will be available from Monday 8 November at our Shakespeare Barn Kings Lynn vaccination centre and our Castle Quarter Norwich vaccination centre.  We will announce further walk-in opportunities for boosters and those aged 12-15 in the coming weeks.

“Young people aged 12-15 can still choose to access the vaccination programme being delivered in schools by Hertfordshire and East Anglia Community School Aged Immunisation Service.” 

Those seeking boosters and those aged 12-15 can access the following walk-in opportunities from Monday 8 November at:

Shakespeare Barn Vaccination Centre, St George’s Courtyard, King Street PE30 1EU:

  • Boosters:   7 days a week, 8.30 am to 4.00 pm, and later on Tuesdays through to 7.30 pm.
  • 12-15 year olds:  8.30 am to 4.00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm on Tuesdays

Castle Quarter Vaccination Centre, 100 Castle Meadow NR1 3DD:

  • Boosters: 7 days a week, 8.30 am to 4.00 pm, and later on Thursdays through to 7.30 pm.
  • 12-15 year olds:  8.30 am to 4.00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm on Thursdays

Editors notes

 

Boosters:

The following people are eligible for a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine 182 days after their second vaccine dose:

  • those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • all adults aged 50 years or over
  • frontline health and social care workers including those who work in residential and nursing homes for older adults
  • all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (as set out in the green book), and adult carers
  • adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals

12-15 year olds: 

  • The majority of 12 to 15 year olds are being offered one dose of the vaccine. This includes children who turn 12 on the date of their vaccination. Two doses eight weeks apart will be offered to children where their healthcare professional has identified they have a condition that means they are at high risk from Covid-19, or if they live with someone who is immunosuppressed.
  • Children aged 12-15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when they attend a vaccination centre
  • The NHS will communicate directly with the parents/guardians of 12-15 year olds who are eligible for two doses to explain arrangements for accessing their second dose.

Further information on the Norfolk and Waveney COVID-19 vaccination programme is available here: https://www.norfolkandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk/vaccinations

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