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A large-scale vaccination site has been resurrected at Paddock Road Surgery in Harleston.
A walk-in option will be available from Tuesday 26 September for two weeks then appointments will also be bookable via the National Booking Service or by calling 119.
We also have a pop-up clinic on Mondays with the Wellness on Wheels Bus (WoW) bus in Queens Square, Attleborough which will offer walk-in opportunities for vaccinations, and pop-up clinics run by QEH at the Health Clinic, Station Road, Attleborough bookable via the National Booking Service or calling 119.
For some people, flu and COVID-19 symptoms are unpleasant, but for many, particularly those with certain health conditions, older people, and pregnant women, they can be very dangerous and even life-threatening.
Every winter, thousands die from flu and people can still get very ill or die from COVID-19. Catching both viruses over winter increases the risk of serious illness even further. Vaccines are our best protection against flu and COVID-19. Over the last few years, they
have kept tens of thousands of people out of hospital and helped to save countless lives. In winter, flu and COVID-19 spread more easily as we spend more time indoors. Getting these vaccines ahead of winter are two of the most important things you can do to keep yourself, and others around you, safe.
Those who can get both vaccines through the NHS will include everyone aged 65 and above; pregnant women, care home residents, people aged 6 months old or above with certain health conditions, frontline health and care staff, unpaid carers, and household contacts of those at higher risk.
Kate Keeling, Head of Immunisation and Health Inclusion, NHS Norfolk and Waveney said: “Our colleagues across the health and care system have been working extremely hard to get ready for the Autumn/Winter Programme.
People in Norfolk and Waveney who are eligible must come forward when they are invited to do so. We know that vaccinations are the best form of protection and keep people safe and well, especially during the winter months.
Vaccinations will be available for those who need it through many ways including their local participating GP practice, community pharmacies, hospital vaccination sites, large vaccination sites, wellness hubs and on the Wellness on Wheels (WoW) bus.
It is best to have your flu vaccination in the Autumn or early Winter before flu rates increase. Remember that you need it every year, so do not assume you are protected because you had one last year.”
Adult flu and COVID-19 appointments will be available by calling 119 for those who cannot get online as well as through local participating GP practices and pharmacies.
There will be no change to flu vaccinations for children, these will be offered in schools and via your GP. Flu vaccinations help to prevent children from getting seriously ill from flu and possible hospitalisation as well as help to break the chain of transmission of the virus to the wider population.
The nasal flu vaccine is the most effective vaccine for children aged 2-17 years but if this is not suitable the GP or practice nurse may be able to offer a flu vaccine injection as an alternative.
In line with advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), those eligible for a flu vaccine this year include:
- those aged 65 years and over.
- those aged 6 months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups (as defined by the Green Book, chapter 19 (Influenza))
- pregnant women
- all children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2023
- school-aged children (from Reception to Year 11)
- those in long-stay residential care homes
- carers in receipt of carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person.
- close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
- frontline workers in a social care setting without an employer led occupational health scheme including those working for a registered residential care or nursing home, registered domiciliary care providers, voluntary managed hospice providers and those that are employed by those who receive direct payments (personal budgets) or Personal Health budgets, such as Personal Assistants.
Those eligible for an Autumn covid vaccine are:
- residents in a care home for older adults
- all adults aged 65 years and over
- persons aged 6 months to 64 years in a clinical risk group, as laid out in the Immunisation Green Book, COVID-19 chapter (Green Book)
- frontline health and social care workers
- persons aged 12 to 64 years who are household contacts (as defined in the Green Book) of people with immunosuppression
- persons aged 16 to 64 years who are carers (as defined in the Green Book) and staff working in care homes for older adults.
- Paddock Road Surgery Vaccination Site Harleston IP20 9AR
- Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th September, Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th for walk-ins between 08:30 and 15:30.
- The old Paddock Road Surgery is situated behind the Co-op, not far from the main Harleston Medical Practice premises which are located in front of the Co-op. We ask that people park in the Co-op car park, the entrance to which is currently from Paddock Road. The Co-op car park is free of charge. Please do not park in the old Paddock Road Surgery car park unless you are a disabled driver or passenger.
- Wow Bus At Queen Square car park, Attleborough, 1000 – 1500
- Health Clinic, Station Road, Attleborough