Third vaccines urged in West Norfolk
Those who are immuno-suppressed are being urged to get their third vaccine as soon as possible
Immuno-suppressed people in Norfolk and Waveney are being contacted directly to come forward for their planned third primary dose of Covid-19 vaccine.
The Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) has recommended that people who were severely immunosuppressed at the time of their first or second vaccination should be offered a third dose eight weeks after their second.
This is an extra top-up dose in response to evidence showing that they may not have responded as well to the vaccine as others and will therefore have lower levels of protection against Covid-19.
It includes people with leukaemia and advanced HIV and people who have had recent organ transplants.
The primary third dose for this group of patients is different to the six month booster being now offered to people aged 50 plus, health and care workers and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.
This week, 11,000 letters have been sent to individuals who have been identified as being immunosuppressed and living in Norfolk and Waveney. They are being directed to walk-in clinics to receive their third primary dose of vaccine. This means they do not have to wait for their GP practices to contact them.
Letters received this week will be on NHS Norfolk and Waveney CCG letterhead and signed by Howard Martin, director for population health management and health Inequalities.
Mr Martin said: "The third dose will give immuno-suppressed people the maximum protection possible against covid infection this winter.”
"We are writing to people in Norfolk and Waveney who are immuno-suppressed inviting them to attend for their third primary vaccination at one of our local walk-in centres. You do not need to pre-book this appointment, but please remember to bring your letter of eligibility with you when you attend our vaccine centres.'"
If you have received a letter from the local NHS saying you need a ‘third primary dose’ please visit online to find a list of suitable walk-in clinics.
You should wait eight weeks after your second dose. Please take your letter with you when you attend a walk-in clinic.
First and second dose vaccine appointments can be booked through the national booking service by visiting nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or telephoning 119.
When invited, people can book at one of the vaccination centre, pharmacy or general practice sites that are available through the national booking service. Alternatively, you can visit a walk in centre. To find the latest walk-in vaccine clinics taking place across Norfolk and Waveney, visit
You do not have to be registered with a GP or have a NHS number to be vaccinated, but it is not yet possible to book an appointment via the NBS without one. For those not registered with a GP or without an NHS number, a growing number of walk-in and pop-up sites are available. Anyone in the UK can choose to register with a GP.
If you have it, please take with you your NHS number to help the vaccination team book you in quickly (please see here). But don’t worry if you don’t have an NHS number or are not registered with a GP / local doctor, you can still get vaccinated.
You do NOT need to show identification to receive a Covid-19 vaccination and you do not need to give your full name or address. It does not matter whether you are a UK citizen or what your immigration status is, how long you have been here or how long you expect to stay.
For more information about the vaccination programme and for information about vaccines for children and young people visit