COVID-19 vaccination programme
Latest guidance on the Covid booster programme
Booster vaccinations are now widely available across Norfolk and Waveney in line with the national ambition to offer a booster to anyone aged 16+.
The Spring Booster Programme
The Spring Booster programme commenced on 21 March 2022, which offers a booster dose to those aged 75+, residents in care homes, and those aged 12+ who are immunosuppressed.
The NHS is contacting people who are eligible, however anyone that falls in the groups listed above can also make an appointment for a Spring Booster so long as they are between 3 - 6 months since their last dose.
Please note appointments for the Spring Booster must be made on the National Booking Service, they are not available at walk-in centres. Find out more about the Spring Booster programme here.
Other information on COVID-19 vaccinations
You can book an appointment for a first, second or booster vaccination through the National Booking Service:
- NHS national booking service online at nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
- Telephone 119 (free), between 7am and 11pm seven days a week
Or you can attend an available walk-in site. A list of sites can be found at https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/WalkIn/. These sites are updated regularly so please keep checking back for more locations.
Those currently eligible to receive a booster vaccine – three months after their second dose are listed here.
Please do not contact your GP practice to request a Covid vaccination.
Health and care services are currently under extreme pressure and some routine health care services have been temporarily suspended in order to deliver the booster vaccination programme at pace.
Please only contact NHS services for urgent or emergency health care.
GP practices and primary care staff have been asked by NHS England to support the delivery of the booster vaccination programme.
Read more about the booster vaccination programme here: Booster COVID-19 vaccinations
First and second doses
Anyone aged 12+ can have a COVID-19 vaccination.
- Healthy 12-15 year olds are now eligible to receive two doses from a minimum of 12 weeks from the first dose [through a pre-booked appointment, by attending a walk-in clinic, or their educational setting]
- Immunosuppressed 12-15 year olds receive two doses
- Anyone aged 16+ years is now eligible for two doses
Anyone aged 12+ can make a pre-booked appointment for a first or second dose or can walk in (without an appointment) at selected sites. Second doses for those aged 16+ are given 8 weeks after the first dose.
Those aged 16-17 will be offered Pfizer and Moderna vaccines as recommended by the JCVI.
Join the thousands of people already vaccinated in Norfolk and Waveney – read about our progress and local vaccination statistics here.
Before your vaccination
Bring your NHS Number with you if you have one. Have something to eat and drink before you come and bring a bottle of water and a snack with you. Wear a short sleeved base layer and dress warmly in case you need to wait outside. Have paracetamol at home in case you need it later.
This set of Frequently Asked Questions contains all the information needed for students in Higher Education and Further Education living and/or studying in Norfolk.
Patients in Norfolk and Waveney will still be required to wear face coverings in GP practices and other healthcare settings after COVID-19 restrictions ease. This includes when getting vaccinated. If patients are exempt from wearing a mask, a face shield may be offered as an alternative. Read more here.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
It is important that people aged 16+ who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy do not delay getting their vaccine.
This 30 minute question and answer session took place on Thursday 9 September, to provide information and reassurance, and to give local people the opportunity to ask any questions they had in relation to COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy. A summary of the video, including the questions and answers is available in the following languages:
If you're aged 16 or over you can get a NHS COVID Pass to confirm your vaccination status. An NHS COVID Pass shows your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details or test results. This is your COVID-19 status. You may be asked to show your pass to travel abroad, or at events and venues in England asking for proof of your COVID-19 status.
Go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/ for details of how to get an NHS COVID Pass digitally through the NHS App or the online NHS COVID Pass service. If you cannot apply digitally using the NHS App or online service, you can ask for an NHS COVID Pass letter to be sent to you in the post.
Encouraging others to get vaccinated
This COVID-19 vaccination leaflet is a great conversation starter to share with family, friends and local communities to encourage people to have the vaccine. It has also been translated into 15 different languages and is available on our translation page. Feel free to print off or just share the link.
Want to know more about how vaccines work and how they have been approved as safe? Take a look at this guide for the public written by the British Society for Immunology.
Many pharmacy sites in Norfolk and Waveney are delivering COVID-19 vaccinations. These are available via booked appointments through the National Booking Service or some provide walk-in vaccinations for FIRST and SECOND doses only, or search the local list here.
Local health services and hospitals are still incredibly busy – please do not attend a health care setting if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
The best thing we can all do to protect ourselves, our families and communities is to continue to remember - Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air as much as possible.
This page is being regularly updated to reflect the national guidance and the local queries we receive, so keep coming back to see the latest news, and take a look at our updates and the latest version of our 'Addressing YOUR Concerns’ document.
We are hearing some great stories of how well the vaccination programme is being delivered in Norfolk and Waveney. You can read about them in the compliments tab below. If you have a compliment to share, then visit the contact us section of our website.
Pictured: One of the first patients to receive the vaccine at the St James Surgery in King's Lynn.