Vaccine boosters are now available for eligible 16 and 17-year-olds. Picture: Pixabay.

Eligible 16 and 17-year-olds in Norfolk are able to walk-in for their Covid booster jab from today (Monday).

Dr David Vickers, medical director at Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, said: “Our centres will be offering boosters on a walk-in basis for young people aged 16 and 17 from Monday, January 17 as soon as they reach three months post their second dose. 

“Eligible people can also choose to book an appointment for their booster, if preferred, via the National Booking Service at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine

“All other eligible groups can also continue to access their first and second dose vaccinations via our walk-in services or via booked appointment; other than 12 to 15-year-olds who are not in an at risk group and who need their second dose – this group should continue to book appointments 12 weeks after their first dose via the National Booking Service.”

Cath Byford, chief nurse at NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We strongly encourage people who are eligible to come forward for their booster and it’s never too late to have your first or second dose either.  

“The evidence is clear. Not getting vaccinated against Covid puts you at greater risk of serious illness and death.

“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.”

The county’s large scale vaccination centres are open seven days a week from 8.30am to 4pm with some evening walk-ins including at King’s Lynn’s Shakespeare Barn in King Street.

Last week the health and care system said it was “pulling out all the stops” to make getting a booster easier for all by opening up more drop-in clinics. 

A spokesman said additional walk-in clinics will be provided as part of a “collaborative approach” with pharmacies and other centres to get as many people vaccinated before the end of January as possible. 

For the latest walk-in clinic details and times  see: https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/WalkIn/Form/AllAvailableClinics