Vaccine boosters will be available for people aged 40 and over next week. Picture: Pixabay.

A Covid vaccination centre has opened this morning (Monday) at Downham Market. 

The new centre, in the town hall, has been launched by the NHS in co-operation with the town council, with the potentially life-saving vaccines being delivered by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital at King’s Lynn.

The opening of this latest large scale centre follows just a few weeks after Lynn’s Corn Exchange opened its doors as a vaccination centre.

The QEH has been delivering Covid vaccinations for sometime and its chief executive, Caroline Shaw, said: “We’re delighted to be launching an additional vaccination centre in Downham Market, in full co-operation with Downham Market Town Council, which will increase access to the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccination for our local community.

“The centre will initially deliver around 1,000 vaccinations every week. It joins a number of centres already providing vaccines across Norfolk and Waveney, including our centre at QEH which has now administered over 20,000 vaccinations. This is a fantastic achievement and would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of our staff who have gone above and beyond to deliver this vital programme.”

A spokesman for the town council said it had been “working tirelessly with the NHS to make sure a centre would open in Downham Market and serve its residents and residents from the outlying area”.

Downham Mayor Becky Hayes said: “We have been looking forward to the day when residents can get their vaccination locally, thanks to all the co-joined working with the NHS and the town council the residents of Downham Market will find having the vaccination even easier.”

* People aged 55 and over who have received a letter can now book a vaccination at a time and location that is convenient  by going online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination