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Children from five can be jabbed in King's Lynn in next week



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Children aged between five and 11 are now eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine and health leaders are urging all parents and carers to bring their children forward for vaccination.

The jabs are being dispensed in West Norfolk at the King's Lynn Baptist Church in Wisbech Road on Saturday, from 9.30am to 3pm, and next Wednesday, 9.30am to 6pm.

Vaccines remain our best defence against serious illness and hospitalisation from Covid-19.

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As cases continue to rise locally and the demand for health services remains high, it is vital that everyone that is eligible keeps up to date with their vaccinations to reduce their risk of serious illness.

Children and young people remain at risk of catching Covid-19, as well as transmitting it to other friends and family members who may be vulnerable to more serious illness. Getting vaccinated can prevent the worst effects of Covid-19 and reduce the risk of infection in children and those around them.

Appointments for children can be made at vaccination sites across Norfolk and Waveney via the National Booking Service, and certain walk-in clinics are also vaccinating children which can be found on the Norfolk County Council walk-in page.

Howard Martin, director of population health management and health inequalities at NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said “The vaccination programme has opened up a new phase with the launch of the five- to 11 vaccinations this week. And as we’ve seen through other phases of the programme, the people of Norfolk and Waveney have been really receptive to the programme and grasped the importance of getting vaccinated to protect their loved ones.

“The response so far has been phenomenal, with thousands of appointments for five to 11-year -olds made since the bookings opened on Saturday.

“We know that rising cases of Covid-19 are continuing to impact on our children’s education through teachers, administrators and students being ill or isolating. Opening up vaccinations to five- to 11-year-olds forms part of the national and local strategy to further protect our communities from the complications of Covid-19.

“Any parents or carers that are considering whether to vaccinate their child can review the medical information that has been compiled by the NHS to support families to make the decision. There’s a range of information and resources on our website, including leaflets and videos that explain the process, how to prepare your child for the vaccine, and what to expect afterwards.”

Dedicated resources to support parents and carers with Covid-19 vaccination are available on the NHS Norfolk and Waveney CCG website.

In addition, anyone that needs to get a first, second, or booster dose can visit the vaccination bus and pop-up clinics that are taking place over the next week.

Please note this does not include the Spring Booster for those aged 75+ and the immunosuppressed, as these must be administered via pre-booked appointment. Spring Booster appointments can be booked online via the National Booking Service or by calling 119.



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