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Health chiefs have announced plans for a new programme of walk-in booster coronavirus vaccinations across Norfolk, beginning tomorrow.

Venues in Lynn, Downhan and Fakenham will be hosting additional sessions during what officials have described as a week-long "jab-a-thon".

And the programme coincides with the launch of a new #VAXFACTS campaign encouraging more people to get the jab.

Walk-in booster jabs are being offered at extra sessions for a week.
Walk-in booster jabs are being offered at extra sessions for a week.

Dr Anoop Dhesi, chairman of the Norfolk and Waveney CCG, said: “Some people, especially those who are younger, have been really conflicted about whether or not to get vaccinated against COVID-19 because of things they’ve heard online.

“As far-fetched and ridiculous as some of the rumours and misinformation are, unfortunately there are people who listen and make a choice to not come forward and get vaccinated against this virus which has killed thousands and made life for millions miserable.

“#VAXFACTS is helping to make information as clear as possible, linked to science, using factual information.

“I encourage everyone to get their COVID-19 booster over the coming week to protect yourself, your family, your work colleagues and the wider Norfolk and Waveney health and care system.

“Every one boosted gains maximum protection which can reduce hospitalisation from Omicron by as much as 80 per cent.”

Most of the clinics scheduled to take place in our area are at existing vaccination sites in Lynn and Downham.

However, a vaccination bus will also be visiting Fakenham Town Football Club next Thursday.

Dr Dhesi said: “We are all desperate to try and get back to normal – but we must do this safely; the easiest way of doing this is for everyone eligible to get their COVID-19 booster as soon as possible.

“I see and hear, every day, such sad news about people in hospital or losing their life to this horrid virus; the evidence is clear, not getting vaccinated against COVID-19 puts you at much greater risk of serious illness and death.

“Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself, your family and your friends, whether it be a first, second or booster dose.

“It also means that you are much less likely to end up in a hospital bed that could otherwise be used to treat someone else.”

The schedule of walk-in clinics in our area is as follows:

Saturday, January 15 - Shakespeare Barn and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Lynn, both 8.30am-4pm.

Sunday, January 16 - Downham Town Hall, 9am-12.30pm; Shakespeare Barn, Lynn, 8.30am-4pm; Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Lynn, 8.15am-noon & 1pm-4pm.

Monday, January 17 - Downham Town Hall, 8.15am-3.45pm; Shakespeare Barn and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Lynn, both 8.30am-4pm.

Tuesday, January 18 - Shakespeare Barn and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Lynn, both 8.30am-4pm.

Wednesday, January 19 - Shakespeare Barn and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Lynn, both 8.30am-4pm.

Thursday, January 20 - Vaccination bus at Fakenham Town Football Club, 9am-4pm; Shakespeare Barn and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Lynn, both 8.30am-4pm.

Friday, January 21 - Shakespeare Barn and Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Lynn, both 8.30am-4pm.



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