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The vaccination clinic at the town hHall in Downham is set to close next week, with the last vaccination session on Monday.

Those who live in the area are advised to use alternative locations to get their vaccinations, all bookable via the national booking system, calling 119 or visiting https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/WalkIn to see where walk-in clinics are taking place:

The Inspire Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Lynn, open Monday to Friday, 8.15am - 4.45pm (please note the centre will be closed on Monday, February 21, and Thursday, February 24). To make a pre-booked appointment call 01553 214 530, or book online on NBS. Alternatively, walk-ins are accepted between 8.30am-3.30pm

Downham Market Town Hall. (54968061)
Downham Market Town Hall. (54968061)

The Inspire Centre is also offering vaccinations for clinically extremely vulnerable 5-11 year olds with a GP or consultant referral letter only during dedicated clinics. The next clinic for 5-11s is Saturday, 26 February.

Shakespeare’s Barn, King's Lynn Arts Centre, King Street, Lynn pre-booked appointments can be made using the National Booking Service or by calling 119.

Willows Pharmacy, Paradise Rd, Downham, vaccinations are administered by appointment only, bookable via the National Booking Service or by calling 119.

Mass global vaccination of teenagers against covid-19 coronavirus, a doctor injects a vaccine to a patient girl. (54968049)
Mass global vaccination of teenagers against covid-19 coronavirus, a doctor injects a vaccine to a patient girl. (54968049)

Following yesterday’s Government announcement, which confirmed that all healthy 5-11 year olds will soon be eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination, health leaders are asking that parents and carers be patient and do not contact the NHS to request a vaccine.

At the moment, the Norfolk and Waveney health and care system is continuing to vaccinate clinically extremely vulnerable 5-11 year olds and will continue to do so in the weeks ahead. The guidance from the JCVI indicates that healthy children will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination sometime in April 2022.

Howard Martin, director of population health management and health inequalities at NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Yesterday’s announcement from government that we will soon begin rolling out the vaccine to healthy five- to 11-year-olds is the next positive step in the rollout of the vaccination programme.

"It shows that we are entering the stage where the vast majority of our most vulnerable and at-risk have been protected with the vaccine and we’re now looking to expand that offer to increase protection to those who are less at risk of becoming seriously ill with Covid-19."

“At this time, I would ask that people be patient and kind to NHS staff as they continue to deliver the local vaccination programme in line with national guidance, and await further information as to when healthy five to 11-year-olds can come forward for their vaccine.

“And, I’d invite anyone that still feels they need more time to make a decision on whether to get the vaccine to attend the worry clinics that are taking place in community venues across the county through the end of March. There are excellent teams of trained health and care professionals who will be able to answer your questions and provide tailored support to anyone who needs a bit of extra help to get vaccinated."

The next worry clinic at Lynnsport is on Saturday, February 26, 9am-6pm.

Anyone that attends the worry clinic at Alive Lynnsport can also get a free swim voucher which can be redeemed at any of the Alive Leisure pool sites in West Norfolk.

The worry clinic teams will be offering the Pfizer vaccine (first, second, and booster doses), and trained health professionals will be able to offer reassurance and support to those who may feel anxious about needles and offer a quiet place to have the vaccine if people feel they need more privacy and one-to-one support

Find additional worry clinic locations and times through the end of March here

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