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Coronavirus: Over-45s in West Norfolk urged to book vaccinations now

Health chiefs are encouraging people aged 45 and over in West Norfolk to get protected against coronavirus now.

The vaccination programme has been extended this week, with around two thirds of adults in the Norfolk and Waveney region having already received a jab so far.

Melanie Craig, chief executive of the region's Clinical Commissioning Group, said today: “The progress being made by the teams on the ground is incredible and we are incredibly grateful to them for doing such an amazing job.

Administering the coronavirus vaccine (46112023)
Administering the coronavirus vaccine (46112023)

“We encourage anyone who is eligible for a vaccine to accept the offer as soon as they can to protect themselves and those around them.

“So if you are in any of the eligible groups, please don’t delay.”

Until this week, vaccinations were only available to people aged 50 and over, the extremely clinically vulnerable and those who live with them, health and social care workers, care home residents and staff, people with conditions that put them at greater risk of catching the virus, people with learning disabilities and unpaid carers.

People in those groups are still being urged to get vaccinated if they have yet to have a first dose of a jab.

Appointments can be booked through the national system via www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by ringing 119 free of charge.

Eligible patients can also contact their own GP practices.

Meanwhile, people who had their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine at a GP led site or hospital hub, will be contacted by them to arrange their second jab.

People who book appointments through the national system should have their second appointments arranged already.

In other coronavirus news, infection rates in West Norfolk remain significantly higher than in the rest of the county.

Figures for the seven days to last Thursday, April 8, showed 42 confirmed cases in the borough, up eight on the previous week.

The rolling infection rate is slightly lower than in yesterday's update at 27.7 cases per 100,000 people.

But that is still higher than any other district and more than twice the overall Norfolk rate of 13.2 per 100,000 people.

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