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Coronavirus: More walk-in vaccination sessions planned for West Norfolk

Health chiefs have announced plans for further walk-in coronavirus vaccination sessions in West Norfolk.

People in eligible groups were given the chance to get the jab without an appointment at Downham town hall today, with a further walk-in session planned for Easter Monday.

And similar appointments will be available at the Inspire Centre, at Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital tomorrow, between 8am and 7.45pm, as part of a new programme of twice-weekly sessions there.

Covid-19 vaccine. Vaccine and syringe for injection. (45557797)
Covid-19 vaccine. Vaccine and syringe for injection. (45557797)

Officials say 65 per cent of adults in the Norfolk and Waveney region have now had their first dose of a Covid vaccine - the third highest total of any health service region in England.

The walk-in sessions are intended for people in currently eligible groups, such as the over-50s, the clinically vulnerable, health and social care staff, care home residents and workers, plus unpaid carers, to get their first dose of the jab.

Clinical commissioning group chief executive Melanie Craig said today: “The NHS vaccination programme continues to make strong progress in Norfolk and Waveney.

"We want to ensure everyone in an eligible group has had the chance to get protected, especially those who are clinically vulnerable and most at risk of serious illness.

“We don’t want anyone to be left behind and I would urge anyone who has underlying health conditions, carers, health and social care and care home staff who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19, to come forward now.”

However, the group has also stressed that anyone who has already booked a vaccination appointment should attend it, rather than going to a walk-in session.

The vaccine update came after new figures showed cases of coronavirus have risen slightly in West Norfolk, though not as fast as in some neighbouring areas.

Figures for the seven days up to last Friday, March 26, showed there were 65 confirmed coronavirus cases in West Norfolk, up by one, on the previous week.

The borough’s rolling infection rate stood at 42.9 cases per 100,000 people, which was up by 1.6 per cent on the previous week, but is around the national average.

However, figures released through Norfolk County Council yesterday showed there had been a sharp rise in the number of cases among the over-60s, though it is still well below the overall infection rate.

The ratio climbed from 10 per 100,000 people to 16.1.

Although West Norfolk’s overall infection rate remains the second highest of any district in the county, it is significantly below the 78.6 cases per 100,000 people recorded in Breckland, following a week-on-week increase in cases of more than 35 per cent.

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