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Coronavirus: Easter vaccination sessions planned at King's Lynn centre

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People in West Norfolk will be able to get a coronavirus vaccine if they need one throughout the Easter weekend, health chiefs say.

The large-scale vaccination centre at Lynn's Shakespeare Barn will be open throughout the bank holiday weekend.

And walk-in spring booster jabs will also be available to eligible groups from next week.

Covid vaccinations are now being delivered from the St George's Guildhall (52930803)
Covid vaccinations are now being delivered from the St George's Guildhall (52930803)

Although the rate of weekly infections in West Norfolk is down by more than a third, according to latest weekly data, hospitalisations are still high.

Dr David Vickers, medical director of the Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, which has overseen the large-scale centres, said: “We know vaccines give significant protection against severe illness from Covid-19, so I strongly urge anyone who’s eligible to come forward.

“Our vaccination teams continue to do an amazing job delivering the largest vaccination programme in NHS history and we’d like to thank our dedicated staff and volunteers for working over the holiday period to enable many more people to get vaccinated.

“If you haven’t yet had your first, second or (if you were immunosuppressed at the time you had these) third dose of the vaccine, or any other booster, it’s never too late.”

The Shakespeare Barn will be open from 8.30am to 4pm each day during the holiday weekend.

From Tuesday, April 19, walk-in appointments will also be available over-75s and over-12s who are severely immunosuppressed to have their spring boosters.

Second doses will also be offered to children aged between five and 11 on a walk-in basis.

A total of 713 new Covid infections were recorded in West Norfolk during the week to yesterday, down 34 per cent on the previous seven days.

But hospitalisation data for the week to April 3 showed 113 Covid admissions to Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, unchanged from the week before.

No new Covid-related deaths have been recorded at the hospital in the latest figures to be published, meaning the total since the start of the pandemic remains at 610.

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