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Vaccination centres and walk-in sites are open during the long Easter weekend to provide convenient access to the lifesaving Covid-19 vaccine for families and those who need to keep up to date with their vaccinations.

Vaccines remain our best defence against hospitalisation and serious illness from Covid. As the impact of Covid continues to be felt across our health services, it is vital that everyone that is eligible for a vaccination comes forward to reduce their risk of serious illness and to help reduce pressure on the local healthcare system.

Children aged between five and 11 are now eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine at vaccination sites across Norfolk and Waveney, and can book appointments through the National Booking Service or by calling 119.

A nurse prepares a Covid vaccination. Picture: PA (56097434)
A nurse prepares a Covid vaccination. Picture: PA (56097434)

While children and young people currently need to make an appointment, from Tuesday, all five- to 11-year-olds will also be able to attend local walk-in sites for their jabs.

Also from Tuesday, people who are 75 and older, and those aged 12 years and older who are immunosuppressed, will be able to attend a walk-in clinic to receive their Spring Booster, provided they are between three to six months after their last dose.

Walk-in clinics that offer these vaccinations will become available on the local walk-in finder, so do keep checking the website to check availability.

Howard Martin, director of population health management and health inequalities at NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said “The long Easter weekend ahead of us is an opportune time to get vaccinated, as more people will be off and able to go down with their families to get their jabs.

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"As cases have been rising again locally, it’s a timely reminder that anyone that has recently recovered from Covid should still come forward to get their vaccine. Having the virus doesn’t offer the same level or duration of protection as the vaccine, so it’s vital that everyone comes forward to get vaccinated when they’re eligible. Anyone over age 18 who has had Covid will need to wait four weeks before having any dose of the vaccine, or 12 weeks for those aged five to 17.

"The vaccine is helping to reduce the number of cases of hospitalisation and severe illness. Our local health system is seeing high demand for health services, and every vaccine administered makes a difference in helping to keep people from becoming seriously unwell with Covid.

"For those families that are still deciding about vaccinating their child, there are a range of resources available to support them to make the decision which can be viewed on the NHS Norfolk and Waveney CCG website.”

In addition, anyone that needs to get a first, second, or booster dose can visit the vaccination bus and pop-up clinics that are taking place over the next week.

That includes King’s Lynn Baptist Church, in Wisbech Rd, on Saturday, April 23, 9.30am to 6pm.

Meanwhile, the healthcare system in Norfolk and Waveney continues to be very busy and is expected to remain busy over the Easter break.

Health leaders continue to urge residents to use health services wisely and go back to basics to help prevent the spread of germs and viruses. Regular hand washing, wearing a face covering, using sanitiser stations and avoiding crowded spaces are all basic steps of infection prevention and control that we can all take to help stop the spread of illnesses.

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