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Calling everyone over the age of 40 for their COVID-19 booster and second doses for 16-17 year olds

From Monday 22 November COVID-19 booster vaccinations will be extended to include those aged 40-49 and second doses will be available for those aged 16-17 years, not in an at-risk group.

Eligible people are advised to wait until the 22 of November to pre book appointments via the NHS national booking service (NBS) online at nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119 for free, to ensure you stay protected – you do not have to wait to be contacted by NHS.

From 22 November, patients eligible for a covid booster vaccination, six months after their second dose, will be:

  • all adults aged 40 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.

The NBS will be opened to individuals from 152 days (5 months) after their second dose, enabling booking on or after the recommended 182 days (6 months).

For those aged 16-17 years, the NBS will be available from 22 November for second dose bookings, with appointments available to this group no earlier than the recommended twelve weeks after their first. Individuals in this group will be invited by the NHS via text message or by letter.

The news comes as more than 242,090 people in Norfolk and Waveney have now had their COVID-19 booster, which equates to 64.6% of the total eligible population in our area.

To ensure best use of vaccinators time and enable people to plan, the main focus in Norfolk and Waveney continues to add as many appointments as possible, in line with vaccinator capacity and vaccine supply to the NBS.

Additional appointments are added on a regular basis, so we urge patients and members of the public to keep checking the system. As soon as appointments are fully booked for a site, that site will temporarily disappear, but will reappear when more appointments are available to book.

Dr Anoop Dhesi, local GP and Clinical Chair at NHS Norfolk and Waveney CCG, said: “Please don’t worry if you can’t get an appointment at exactly six months since your second dose.

“Boosters are provided after an interval of at least 182 days, but if it is closer to seven months before you get your booster, that’s fine. You will still have the protection from your first two doses and the booster will work just as well in giving you protection through the winter and beyond.”

Latest published data shows that 93% of people aged 18+ have had at least one vaccination and 90% have had two doses. This compares to the national average of 90% and 86% respectively and sees Norfolk and Waveney ranked 10th out of 42 health and care systems in England.

Almost 65% of local people have now had a third booster vaccination six months after their second dose providing them with extra protection as we go into winter.

Added Dr Dhesi: “It’s important to book in for a booster when you become eligible and accept the vaccine you are offered at your appointment. The stocks of the different vaccine types we receive fluctuates on a weekly basis - we are only able to offer the vaccine type we have received from NHS England. When you book, you'll only be offered appointments for vaccines that are suitable for you.”

“All COVID-19 vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness. Research has shown all the UK approved vaccines reduce your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19; reduce your risk of catching or spreading COVID-19; protect against COVID-19 variants.”

The Norfolk and Waveney NHS vaccination bus is 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+.

People in Diss can now also book online for a COVID-19 vaccine at Diss Youth and Community Centre. Pre-booked appointments will be available for clinics running on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 24 November, and can be booked via the NHS national booking service online at nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119 for free.

More appointments have also been added to the NBS to allow eligible people to book a COVID-19 vaccine at Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth.

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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