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NHS worry bus will be in King's Lynn this weekend to talk about Covid-19 vaccine anxiety

The NHS Worry Bus will be parked on Tuesday Market Place on Saturday October 9 from 11am to 5pm.

The service will offer the time, space and clinical expertise to ask questions about the vaccine and provide reassurance to anyone who has anxieties or concerns about getting a covid jab.

Norfolk and Waveney has performed strongly throughout the vaccination programme roll out, and a staggering 93% of people have had at least one vaccine.

Says Tracy Williams, Nurse and Clinical Lead for Health Inequalities said: “We know that of the remaining 7 per cent of people without any vaccination, there will be a significant number of people who really want a vaccine but - for whatever reason - just can’t face it or are struggling to get themselves to a vaccination centre.

A staff member receives her jab (51901963)
A staff member receives her jab (51901963)

“We are urging anyone in the King’s Lynn area who needs extra support in getting a vaccine to come along to the bus so we can help them work through any issues or concerns and offer them a vaccination in a location or environment they are comfortable with.

"We can provide you with a personalised approach that supports you to take up your vaccination it you want to.

“Protecting yourself and others before we go into the winter months is so important and we are here to help you if you need extra information or support.”

Norfolk and Waveney patient Charlotte (21), is just one person who plucked up the courage to reach out for support.

Says Charlotte: “My anxiety built up over several weeks and I was dreading getting a text to say it was my turn for a vaccine.

"I have hated needles and injections since high school, so this felt like a big deal to me.

"When the texts came, I just ignored them and hoped it would all go away.

“But deep down I knew that getting vaccinated was the best thing to do to protect myself and the older members of my family – I work in a busy environment, with lots of people coming and going, so the infection risk is high.

“Two weeks ago, I bit the bullet and contacted the local NHS for advice, I thought‘this is my moment, if I don’t do it now I probably never will’. They arranged for me to speak to a vaccinator over the phone who talked me through the process, step by step, in advance.

"I went along, was met at the door and it was all over in just a few minutes.

"The NHS team were simply amazing, they calmed my nerves and got me through it. I am so pleased to be vaccinated and I can’t believe I did it! I’d urge anyone who felt like I did to grab the moment and go for it.

“The vaccination teams have been working on this for months now and they know what they are doing – the support is there; you just need to let them know you need it.”

Charlotte’s story is one of many that prompted the launch of the Worry Bus which sees our roving vaccination team hit the road offering a special service to those with concerns or anxieties about needles, vaccines, crowded spaces, clinical settings, pregnancy, fertility or anything at all that is holding them back.

The Worry Bus will be parked on the Tuesday Market place from 11am to 5pm on Saturday October 9.

Specially trained clinical staff will be on hand to discuss a range of issues without pressure or judgement and give people the time and space to talk through any worries they may have.

The Worry Bus can also provide a vaccine for anyone who chooses to take up the offer or support them to access the nearby walk in vaccination clinic at the Shakespeare Barn on King Street.

The Worry Bus will offer first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine to anyone attending aged 18+ or within three months of their 18 th birthday. The team can provide supported vaccines for those with additional needs, but there will be no pressure to have a vaccine.

You do not need to show identification (ID) 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.

The bus is not currently able to offer booster (third dose) vaccinations.

Those eligible for their booster will be contacted by the NHS to make an appointment when it is their turn to come forward.

If you can’t get to King’s Lynn there’s still plenty on offer for those who feel they need

more information or support:

Tracy Williams adds: “Now the vast majority of people have already had a vaccine, our drop-in vaccination centres tend to be quieter, particularly Monday to Friday."

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