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Coronavirus: 'Don't call your GP' plea as West Norfolk over-50s advised to rebook second jabs

Patients in West Norfolk are being urged not to contact local NHS institutions following revised guidance relating to the administration of second coronavirus vaccinations.

People aged 50 or over, or who are classed as extremely clinically vulnerable, are having the gap between their jabs shortened from 12 weeks to eight.

The move comes in response to increasing cases of the so-called Indian variant and aims to ensure the most vulnerable have the maximum protection against the disease.

Administering the coronavirus vaccine (47267928)
Administering the coronavirus vaccine (47267928)

The Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group has this afternoon issued updated advice, following the switch recommended by the government and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

The CCG said: ’If you are already over the eight-week window since your first dose, please do not worry – you will be sent a text or contacted by an NHS organisation to change your appointment for an earlier date, shortly.

"If you booked your appointment originally via the national booking system, you should have received a text to bring your second dose vaccination forward.

"Simply cancel your original appointment and rebook your second. Go to nhs.uk/covid- vaccination or call 119 (free), between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.

"If you had your vaccine at a local GP surgery, a GP-led site, hospital hub or at a walk-in centre please wait to be contacted by the local NHS. Do not contact your GP practice.

"Our GP practices continue to be very busy and we need to keep telephones clear for patients needing an appointment with a GP or nurse for other health issues and urgent care. Please be patient. No one will get left behind."

The vaccination programme has now been extended to cover all people aged 36 or over. Patient aged under 50 will still receive their second vaccination around 12 weeks after their first.

Officials have confirmed that cases of the Indian variant have been recorded in Norfolk, although they maintain the numbers are very small.

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