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Walk-in coronavirus jab sessions to take place at Downham hub

Health chiefs have announced plans for two walk-in coronavirus vaccination clinics to take place in West Norfolk over the next few days.

The sessions will take place at the vaccination hub in the Downham town hall and are intended for people in eligible groups who have not yet had the jab.

They will take place tomorrow and on Easter Monday, April 5, both between 8.30am and 2pm.

Covid-19 vaccine. Vaccine and syringe for injection. (45554840)
Covid-19 vaccine. Vaccine and syringe for injection. (45554840)

And people planning to attend are asked to bring along evidence to show they are in one of the top nine groups which are being prioritised for the vaccine.

The sessions are meant for people aged 50 and over, the clinically vulnerable, health and social care staff, care home workers and residents, plus unpaid carers, including young carers.

Dr David Vickers, medical director of the Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, which runs most mass vaccination centres in the region, said: "If you are in an eligible group and you haven’t booked your first dose yet, the time to do so is right now.

Downham Market Town Hall. (45161628)
Downham Market Town Hall. (45161628)

“Scientific evidence has shown the vaccine is safe and effective and is successfully driving down hospitalisation rates.

"I strongly urge anyone in the eligible cohorts who has not done so yet, to take the opportunity to protect themselves and others.”

Officials say that more than 60 per cent of adults in the Norfolk and Waveney region have now had their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

Dr Anoop Desai, clinical chairman of the region's Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Local NHS teams are working hard to offer the first crucial dose of the vaccine as many people in the top nine priority groups as possible by the middle of April.

"As a country and a county, we need people to take up this offer to keep everyone safe.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to remind people that are due to have their second dose to make sure they attend their appointment.”

The Downham hub, which opened earlier this month, is one of two large-scale vaccination centres operating in West Norfolk, along with Lynn's Corn Exchange.

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