A view of the exit of the Covid vaccination centre at the Shakespeare Barn. Picture: Ian Burt

King’s Lynn’s Shakespeare Barn Covid vaccination centre this week opened for walk-ins for all eligible jab groups.

Dr David Vickers, medical director, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, which delivers the large scale vaccination centres across Norfolk, said: “This includes those aged 40 to 49 who recently became eligible for a booster six months after their second dose, and 16 to 17-year-olds not in at risk groups who can now access a second dose 12 weeks after their first dose.  

“Anyone who would prefer a booked appointment can continue to book these via the National Booking Service at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine.”   

The centre, off King Street, opened from Monday to all age groups. It is open seven days a week.

Cath Byford, chief nurse, NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It’s great news that these vaccination centres are opening up to all eligible cohorts on a walk-in basis. 

“The vast majority of those being hospitalised with serious illness from COVID-19 are those who have not been vaccinated.  

“We strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to arrange their vaccine or booster dose now.  

“Vaccines are the best way to protect yourselves and your loved ones and reducing Covid-related hospital admissions will help the NHS cope better during the winter months and reduce disruption to routine and planned care.”

Further information on walk-in vaccination services is available at https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/WalkIn/Form/SiteList 

Data has shown more than 280,000 people have now had a booster – this equates to around 67 per cent of those eligible in Norfolk and Waveney. The area has been ranked 10th and 9th for first and second doses respectively out of 42 health and care systems in England, an NHS spokesman said.