A drop-in vaccination clinic is to be held on Friday at Lynn’s Inspire Centre for the over 55s. Picture: Ian Burt

Efforts are being ramped up in Norfolk to vaccinate those aged over 50 and residents in the current priority groups. 

Walk-in Covid vaccinations are being offered to these groups without appointments at the Inspire Centre at King’s Lynn tomorrow (Friday) and the Downham Market Town Hall large scale centre next week.

The Inspire Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital site will be open for walk-ins from 8.30am to 7.30pm and you can also call 01553 214530 to book a slot at this clinic.

Walk-in clinics will be available at Downham on Monday and Thursday as well as Monday, April 5 between 8.30am and 2pm.

Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) also said patients over the age of 50 can call their GP practice to book a vaccine or book an appointment at one of the centres online at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

As well as the over 50s, people currently eligible for vaccines are those who are clinically extremely vulnerable (aged 16 and over), health and social care staff, care home workers, residents and carers (paid and unpaid, including young carers aged 16 plus).

Around 88 per cent of people aged 50 plus in Norfolk and Waveney have already received the first dose of the vaccine but health leaders are urging the rest to come forward by the end of this month before appointments are released to younger priority groups.

CCG NHS chief nurse Cath Byford said: “We know that mid-week, daytime appointments don’t suit everyone so we have ramped up our weekend clinics and are providing walk-in vaccinations with no appointment necessary.  

“It’s important that we get as many first doses done as possible before the expected short-term dip in vaccine supply.

“As a country and a county, we need a critical mass of people vaccinated in order to have the level of protection in society that will help us get offices, shops, pubs and restaurants open. 

“The summer is coming and we want to protect people now so they can enjoy more freedom during the warm weather and feel safe as we start mixing in larger groups again.”UPD