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Coronavirus: Vaccine is 'our best defence', says Norfolk health boss

Getting vaccinated is your best defence against coronavirus.

That is the blunt message from health chiefs as infection rates in West Norfolk are now estimated to be at their highest levels since late February.

Walk-in jabs are being offered from a community health bus stationed at the Fairstead Community Centre today, between 10am and 4pm.

Walk in Covid vaccinations are available (49042763)
Walk in Covid vaccinations are available (49042763)

And, although 90 per cent of all adults in the Norfolk and Waveney region are now estimated to have had their first dose of a Covid vaccine, take-up in some areas of Lynn remains worryingly low.

Latest government data suggests that, as of yesterday, more than 40 per cent of adults in North Lynn had still not had a single vaccine dose.

And, while that figure rises to more than 73 per cent in the Fairstead and Springwood area, where the vaccine bus is today, nearly half of adults there are still to have their second dose.

Melanie Craig, chief executive of the Norfolk and Waveney clinical commissioning group, said: “We are pulling out all the stops to have offered all adults in Norfolk and Waveney their first vaccine by the end of July.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is our best defence against this virus and I would urge everyone who is eligible and who hasn’t yet come forward not to delay.

“Getting both doses of the vaccine takes just a few seconds but is the best way to protect yourself and those around you.”

Latest case data, for the seven days to last Sunday, July 4, showed the borough's rolling weekly infection rate had climbed to 64.7 cases per 100,000 - the highest level recorded since the end of February.

A total of 98 separate cases were recorded, compared to 37 in the previous week.

But the county's overall infection rate of 72.8 per 100,000 people is less than half the total of both Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.

The CCG has linked up with Norfolk County Council to develop a new online tool to help people access walk-in vaccination appointments across the region.

And, this weekend, the CCG will be sending thousands of text messages to people that haven’t yet come forward for a vaccine, containing a link to the portal, which can be found at https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/WalkIn.

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