NHS pharmacist Ben Ampomah preparing a vaccination at St James Medical Practice. Pictures: Ian Burt

Prime minister Boris Johnson has praised all those involved in the Covid vaccination programme in North West Norfolk.

Mr Johnson was responding to MP James Wild, who asked him to thank all staff and volunteers at the St James Medical Practice in King’s Lynn, and other vaccination sites in the town and in Snettisham. 

Mr Wild, MP for North West Norfolk, last week met Kathy Foley, the practice manager at St James, staff and 80 of the volunteers who have helped to deliver vaccines to more than 7,000 people so far.

Volunteers manning the entrance.
Pictures: Ian Burt

Addressing the House of Commons on Monday, when Mr Johnson made his statement about easing lockdown restrictions in England, Mr Wild said: “Last week I met Kathy the practice manager and the team including volunteers at St James Medical Practice who have vaccinated thousands of people in North West Norfolk. 

“Will my right honourable friend join with me in paying tribute to them and those at other sites in King’s Lynn and Snettisham who are making it possible to re-open our vital hospitality sector – albeit more slowly than some would want – as well as very importantly re-opening our schools and other businesses in the coming weeks?”

Mr Johnson replied: “I thank every one involved in the vaccination programme in North West Norfolk and I thank my honourable friend for championing the vaccinators.”

St James was the first vaccination centre to open in West Norfolk in December. 

NHS figures released last week showed more than a third of people  (34.9 per cent) aged over 16 had received their first vaccination in Norfolk and Waveney.

Data released by the clinical commissioning group (CCG) showed nearly 60 per cent of 65 to 69-year-olds in the area had been vaccinated..