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More Covid vaccinations centres for the area are expected to be announced shortly.

North West Norfolk’s James Wild  said in his column in this week’s Your Local Paper, “large scale vaccination centres will open across the county, including in North West Norfolk in the coming weeks”.

And Liz Truss, MP for the south of the region, said she had spoken to the vaccine minister following concerns from Downham Market residents about the lack of a centre in the town. 

This week she said: “I would expect that additional locations will be announced shortly.”

Ms Truss reassured residents the vaccination programme – the largest ever undertaken in the UK – was well underway and praised staff who are working “flat out” on the programme as well as fighting the virus.

She said only a few locations had been able to accommodate the initial roll-out of the Pfizer vaccine but more centres would be needed as other vaccines were manufactured.

Ms Truss said Downham  residents would receive appointments including at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital at King’s Lynn and Manor Farm Medical Centre at Swaffham.

She added so far, more than 24,000 people aged over 80 had been vaccinated in Norfolk and a spokesman for her office said the local clinical commission group has said that of 1,500 over 80s registered in the Downham area, 1,000 had been vaccinated so far.

A health source told YLP yesterday (Thursday): “More vaccination sites  are due to open in the coming weeks as more vaccine becomes available. 

“These sites will ensure that people living in Norfolk and Waveney including Downham Market, have access to vaccination sites or mobile roving vaccination teams within 10 miles of where they live.”

Snettisham Surgery was the latest to start the vaccine roll-out joining St James Medical Practice in King’s Lynn, St John’s Surgery at Terrington St John and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

And this week the NHS launched its first vaccination centre in Norfolk at the Castle Quarter shopping centre in Norwich.

 Covid infection rates for West Norfolk published yesterday showed a fall in the number of people who had tested positive for the virus. 

For the seven days to Wednesday, the number was 617, down by 75 and a rolling rate of 415. Deaths for the same period for the borough within 28 days of a positive test had risen to 39 an increase of five.