The vaccination programme has been extended. Picture: Ian Burt

A plan to extend the Covid vaccination programme to 16 and 17-year-olds has been given the green light.

Ministers approved the move on Wednesday after a recommendation from vaccine experts.

It was reported the Pfizer vaccine will be offered within weeks and parental consent will not be needed.

Up to Monday, it was recorded that 84.8 per cent of West Norfolk’s population have had their first Covid vaccination and 72.5 per cent have had a second dose.

Meanwhile, latest Public Health figures have shown the borough’s rolling coronavirus infection rate continued to drop.

Updated data for the seven days up to Tuesday for King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, has shown the infection rate as 127.5 per 100,000, down 21.8 per cent from the previous week.

The county’s overall rate also saw a drop in cases by 17.3 per cent from the previous week. 

For the seven days up to last Thursday the rate was 245.8 per 100,000. 

However, a patient has died at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital after testing positive within 28 days – the first coronavirus death since May.

The hospital trust recorded on July 25 it was caring for 10 patients with Covid.