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Come on in at King's Lynn! 16- and 17-year-olds eligible for Covid boosters



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Every eligible 16- and 17-year-old will be able to walk-in for (or book if preferred) their vital booster jab from tomorrow (Monday) as the fastest and most successful vaccination programme in NHS history continues to expand.

Dr David Vickers, medical director, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, which delivers the large-scale vaccination centres across Norfolk, including at the Shakespeare Barn at the Guildhall in King Street, Lynn, said: “Our centres will be offering boosters on a walk-in basis for young people aged 16 and 17 from Monday 17 January as soon as they reach 3 months post their second dose.

“Eligible people can also choose to book an appointment for their booster, if preferred, via the National Booking Service.

Shakespeare Barn at the Guildhall in Lynn is the vaccination centre. (54293023)
Shakespeare Barn at the Guildhall in Lynn is the vaccination centre. (54293023)

“All other eligible groups can also continue to access their first and second dose vaccinations via our walk-in services or via booked appointment; other than 12- to 15-year-olds who are not in an at risk group and who need their second dose – this group should continue to book appointments 12 weeks after their first dose via the National Booking Service.”

Previously, boosters were only recommended by the JCVI for clinically vulnerable 16- and 17-year-olds who are most at risk from Covid-19.

Since the vaccination programme rolled out to this age group in August, more than 80 per cent, or 16,535 16- to 17-year-olds across Norfolk and Waveney had received one dose, compared to 72 per cent nationally. 85 per cent or 637,257 people over the age of 18 who are eligible have now had their Covid-19 booster vaccination. This compares with 82 per cent for the East of England region.

Shakespeare Barn at the Guoldhall is Lynn's large scale vaccination centre. (54293026)
Shakespeare Barn at the Guoldhall is Lynn's large scale vaccination centre. (54293026)

Cath Byford, chief nurse, NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We strongly encourage people who are eligible to come forward for their booster and it’s never too late to have your first or second dose either.

"The evidence is clear. Not getting vaccinated against Covid puts you at greater risk of serious illness and death.

“Vaccines are the best way to protect yourselves and your loved ones and reducing covid-related hospital admissions will help the NHS cope better during the winter months and reduce disruption to routine and planned care.”

You can access information on a range of vaccination walk-in clinics across Norfolk and Waveney here



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