King's Lynn surgery to start administering coronavirus vaccine today
A Lynn doctors' surgery will be leading the way in the fight against coronavirus by offering vaccinations against the disease today.
The St James Surgery, along with the Fakenham Medical Practice, will begin vaccinating people this morning against Covid-19.
Patients were being contacted yesterday by the surgeries to tell the the news that people have been waiting and praying for since coronavirus took a grip of the UK back in the spring.
Vaccinations are due to start at 8am sharp. Traffic cones were put in place yesterday outside the St James Surgery ready to control traffic as people arrived to have their jab.
The two surgeries are two of seven in the Norfolk and Waveney CCG area of Norfolk and north Suffolk that are acting as hubs where patients at all local surgeries will be vaccinated.
Vaccinations are also taking place at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and James Paget Hospital.
Those over 80, care home workers and at risk NHS and medical practice staff will top the list for vaccinations.
Those attending will be given a date for the all-important second jab. Both doses are needed to make the vaccination effective.
A spokesman for Norfolk and Waveney CCG said: “Remember ... the vaccination protects people against becoming ill, but they can still transmit the virus, so continue to follow the advice to keep your social distance and wear a mask.
“This is the biggest vaccination programme in the NHS’s history and is a marathon not a sprint.”