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Covid Vaccines & Centres - latest update

An update from District Councillor Vic Thomson:

Poringland Community Centre has been announced as a vaccine site for South Norfolk.  However, NHS England is asking people not to attend local surgeries or hospitals for a vaccine unless contacted about an appointment.

The Covid vaccination campaign is not one that can be delivered by GP Surgeries like flu - it is quite different, largely due to the characteristics of the vaccines and the supply.

Groups of Practices have been asked to come together in small networks called Primary Care Networks (PCN's) and establish a shared Centre.  South Norfolk's PCN stretches from Loddon to Diss and Attleborough to Harleston - this is a huge geographical area and so the Government idea of a local centre is a challenge.  The Poringland Community Centre has been used for several years for flu clinics, so this venue seemed ideal even if not central. 

Currently there are nine priority groups for vaccination, covering around 30 million people thought to represent 90-99% of those at risk of dying from Covid-19.

  1. Residents in care homes for older adults and their carers
  2. 80-year-olds and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. 75-year-olds and over
  4. 70-year-olds and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  5. 65-year-olds and over
  6. 16- to 64-year-olds with serious underlying health conditions
  7. 60-year-olds and over
  8. 55-year-olds and over
  9. 50-year-olds and over

Patients in the second cohort (over 80's) will be invited for vaccination to the Community Centre from nine practices including the two in Poringland. 

Get up-to-date and accurate information about vaccines

Poringland will be making appointments from Friday 15/01/2021.  The big question on most people’s mind is ‘When will I get my vaccination?'  There are many apps showing infection rates and predicting when those in different age groups will be in line for their jab, but do not be mis-led.  The Covid Vaccination Programme pages of the NHS Norfolk and Waveney CCG website (see link below) provides all the latest news and accurate information about vaccinations and now has a myth-buster as well as a range of guides.  The situation is changing rapidly, and this site is regularly updated with the facts.