240 out of 250 care homes have been vaccinated so far in Norfolk. Picture: Pixabay.

Care home workers and people over the age of 80 have started to receive Norfolk’s first Covid-19 vaccinations.

The NHS has invited those eligible to attend vaccination appointments, which started on Wednesday, at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston.

The two hospitals are the first sites in Norfolk to receive the vaccine and are among 50 hospitals across the country which began vaccinations this week. Initial supplies of the vaccine are limited and being given to those most at risk from Covid, including a small number for at risk frontline NHS staff.

People over the age of 80 will be contacted by their GP practice. All those due to be vaccinated will be asked to fill in a health screening questionnaire and consent form. The first community vaccination sites will begin operating later in the month.

A spokesman for NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group said: “The Covid vaccination programme has been planned extensively by the NHS so it can be rolled out as quickly and safely as possible. “This programme of vaccination is the largest in the history of the NHS. Over the coming months people will be invited when it’s their turn to be vaccinated. Do not ask your GP or hospital, please wait for your invite.

“In the meantime, the best thing we can all do to protect ourselves, our families and our communities is to wash hands, cover face and make space.”