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Book your Covid-19 Booster through the national booking service to stay protected

Eligible people in Norfolk and Waveney are being reminded to come forward and book their COVID-19 booster vaccine via the NHS national booking service online at nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119 for free.  

Patients currently eligible for a covid booster vaccination, six months after their second dose, are:

  • 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

As more people become eligible for a booster after six months following their second dose, they are being reminded to check the national booking website regularly as appointments slots and new locations are added daily.

First and second dose appointments and boosters can also now be booked via the national booking service at the following sites in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.

  • Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth NR30 2BG – Saturdays and Sundays
  • Louise Hamilton Centre, James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston - seven days a week

The NHS Vaccination Bus is also visiting Lowestoft on Friday 19 November, to make it easy and convenient for people living in the area, to get vaccinated. It will be parked opposite the Kirkley Centre on London Road South between 9am and 4pm offering first, second and booster doses for anyone aged 16+.

Patients aged 12+ with severely weakened immune systems can also book via the NHS National booking service, as long as it has been eight weeks since their second dose.

Patients are reminded not to contact their GP practice to try to book a covid booster vaccination – they should wait to be invited or book through the National Booking Service online or by calling 119.

Cath Byford, Chief Nurse, NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“The vaccine programme has been a huge success so far, with the rate of booster uptake increasing across Norfolk and Waveney over recent weeks. It’s important to remember that COVID hasn’t gone away so please do come forward and book your booster vaccination through the national booking service if you are eligible, to ensure you and your loved ones stay protected this winter.”

“We continue to open more appointments on the national booking system in line with vaccine supply and the availability of vaccinators, so please do keep checking as additional appointments are added on a regular basis.”

The majority of boosters have so far been provided through bookable appointment slots, but more vaccination sites are set to open on a walk-in basis – no appointment needed - at various locations across Norfolk and Waveney.  This will ensure eligible people, wherever they live, can access vaccinations easily and making it as convenient for them as possible.

Norfolk and Waveney is continuing to perform strongly in the national vaccination roll out. So far, 93% of people aged 18 and above have had at least one vaccine, while 90% have had two doses.  This compares to rates of 90% and 86% nationally. About 200,000 booster vaccinations have been given in Norfolk and Waveney.

Notes to editors

First, second and booster vaccination 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. Alternatively, you can visit a walk in centre. To find a walk-in vaccine clinic near you, search the list here: apps.norfolk.gov.uk/WalkIn

You do not have to be registered with a GP or have a NHS number to be vaccinated, but it is not yet possible to book an appointment via the NBS without one. For those not registered with a GP or without an NHS number, a growing number of walk-in and pop-up sites are available. Anyone in the UK can choose to register with a GP.

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.

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

For more information about the vaccination programme and for information about vaccines for children and young people visit: https://www.norfolkandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk/covid/children-and-young-people-12-17-years-covid-19-vaccination

Remember, the COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge on the NHS.

The NHS will never ask for:

  • Your bank account or card details
  • Your pin or banking password
  • Copies of personal documents to prove your identity such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips

Text messages will be sent using the Government’s secure Notify service and show as being sent from NHSvaccine. You can trust your text message is genuine if it comes from ‘NHSvaccine’, includes a link to the NHS.uk website and gives you the option of phoning 119.

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