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MP Liz Truss thanks West Norfolk's vaccine volunteers

International trade secretary Liz Truss has given thanks to volunteers across Norfolk for their support during the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Over 14 million of the most vulnerable in the UK have already been vaccinated in the biggest medical deployment this country has ever seen.

Liz Truss said: “Vaccines are the most effective way to protect against COVID-19 and will help to save thousands of lives. This has been an extraordinary collective effort by the NHS and the armed forces, and is yielding exceptional results.

St James Surgery in King's Lynn gets ready for dispensing vaccines against Covid-19. (44417366)
St James Surgery in King's Lynn gets ready for dispensing vaccines against Covid-19. (44417366)

"Today I’m encouraging everyone eligible for a jab to come forward if they haven’t yet had their vaccine, so that we can reach the remaining people in these priority groups."

Across the East of England, the vaccination programme has made rapid progress at the 31 sites offering the vaccine throughout Norfolk and Waveney. This has included 5 hospital hubs, 21 Primary Care Network sites, 4 large vaccination centres and 1 pharmacy.

Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital was the third hospital hub in the area to offer the vaccine joining St James Medical Practice in meeting the early needs of West Norfolk.

Fakenham Medical Practice was one of the pilot sites for the vaccination programme, supported by six vaccinator volunteers, plus a further 40 administrative volunteers.

Manor Farm Medical Centre in Swaffham supports residents across Swaffham, Downham and the surrounding villages, and has provided 6,000 jabs within one month.

Ms Truss met with volunteers to thank them for supporting Norfolk and Waveney NHS during the vaccine roll-out. She said: “I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this effort as we continue to expand our vaccination programme- the biggest in this country’s history."

The government has been working with the NHS, armed forces and local authorities to ensure everyone eligible for the vaccine receives theirs.

The UK vaccines delivery plan had set a deadline of Monday, February 15, for all members of the top four priority groups to be offered a jab, with the UK on track to achieve this goal.

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