Downham Market. Picture: Paul Tibbs.

A Covid vaccination hub is due to open in Downham Market later next month, the vaccines minister has said.

South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss said she had received confirmation from Nadhim Zahawi that a hub will open later in February.

She said: “At the moment, over 80s in the Downham area and surrounding villages have been receiving the vaccine at either the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn or Swaffham. 

“In the first tranche, vaccine centres were located across the region to ensure as wide as reach as possible. 

The Pfizer vaccine, which was the first one licensed to be used in the UK, requires extremely cold storage facilities hence only a limited number of sites could offer this provision. 

“As the vaccine programme continues, and as more of the Oxford/Astra Zenca vaccine becomes available, more hubs will be able to be established.”

In a press release on Monday, Ms Truss said doctors and the area’s clinical commissioning group (CCG) were still working through patient lists and any people over 80 still waiting to hear will be contacted by letter or phone call.

“The vaccine roll out has been continuing at pace and I know the CCG and NHS staff, with support from councils and volunteers, are working flat out on this,” she said. 

Vaccinations have been taking place at sites in West Norfolk for several weeks at the QEH, which this week said it had administered more than 10,000 at St James Medical Centre in Lynn, St John’s Surgery at Terrington St John and more recently at Snettisham Surgery.