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Downham Market Town Hall offered out for vaccinations as residents fear travelling to Swaffham for jabs

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A council has offered its town hall as a vaccination centre free of charge.

Downham Town Council has pledged to offer its assistance to provide Covid vaccines for the community, but the offer has not been taken up yet.

Town clerk Elaine Oliver said: "We are happy to offer the town hall free of charge as we would like to see a hub in Downham Market.

Vaccinations have begun across the country. Photo: Alan Walters
Vaccinations have begun across the country. Photo: Alan Walters

"It seems strange for the second biggest town in West Norfolk not to have a vaccination hub. I understand there may be a lot of constraints but we are offering it subject to Covid regulations."

There are currently nine primary care vaccination sites and three hospital hub sites delivering the vaccine in Norfolk and Waveney, with more to come into operation soon. Pubs are also offering to host the vaccinations.

Primary care sites already in operation include St James Surgery in Lynn, Fakenham Medical Practice and Terrington St Johns Surgery.

Downham Market Town Hall
Downham Market Town Hall

A spokesman for NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “We have well established plans in place to continue the rollout of the vaccine over the coming weeks and months.

"There are already a number of vaccination sites in Norfolk and Waveney with more being introduced in the coming days and weeks.”

But some Downham residents have expressed concerns over a lack of a hub in the town, including Nigel Wagg, 54, who is on the extremely vulnerable list due to blood cancer.

He said: "Our surgery has informed me that when the vaccinations start in Downham in mid-January, we will have to go to Swaffham for them. This is not a problem to me but it will be for a lot of residents who do not have access to a car."

Swaffham Town Council has also considered offering its town hall as a vaccination hub, but it was deemed unsuitable.

Manor Farm Medical Centre in Swaffham will be used to help with the vaccine roll out next week.

Downham's town clerk can be contacted on 01366 321425 if you wish to take up the town hall offer.

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