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This is not an appointment letter but contains important information about the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme.
We are writing to provide information and reassurance to patients, relatives, and carers across Norfolk and Waveney (North Suffolk). This is the largest vaccination programme ever delivered by the NHS and it will take months to complete, but thanks to the hard work of our local NHS staff and volunteers we have made a great start.
We know that some people in priority groups for vaccination are still waiting for their appointment, and we are working incredibly hard to roll out the vaccine to those most at risk as soon as we possibly can. If this is you, we haven’t forgotten about you.
Please do not contact your GP – you will get an appointment for a vaccine, it will just take a few weeks before we are able to contact everyone. We are asking people to be patient and wait for their invitation as health services are incredibly busy at the moment and we are not able to answer enquiries about the vaccine programme.
This letter covers:
GP practices and NHS England are identifying people who are in the first priority groups for vaccination. As of February 2021, these priority groups are:
Vaccination is by appointment only for people in the priority groups above. If you have not yet been invited to make an appointment, you will be contacted in one of two ways over the coming days and weeks:
Anyone who has mobility / access needs or difficulty getting to a vaccination appointment should discuss that when they are contacted to make an appointment. Support from various community transport services is available for eligible people.
There are currently 29 sites vaccinating patients in priority groups (see above) across Norfolk and Waveney (North Suffolk):
You may be offered a choice of site or you may be given an appointment at a specific site. All sites have parking and are fully accessible.
More vaccination sites are due to go live in the coming weeks so people in Norfolk and Waveney (North Suffolk) shouldn’t have to travel more than 10 miles to get a vaccine. New sites will be announced through:
When offered an appointment or invited to make one, please do not delay. The more people we can vaccinate quickly with the first dose, the faster our communities, friends and families are protected from COVID-19.
Please make sure you attend both appointments given to you – for your first and second dose. These are usually around 12 weeks apart.
When you attend for your vaccination:
Some people are receiving texts and emails about the vaccination programme that look like they have come from the NHS but are in fact scams. To protect yourself:
Both of the vaccines being given to patients (Oxford AstraZeneca and Pfizer) require two doses in order to provide their full protection – usually around 12 weeks apart. You must attend both appointments to make sure you have the most protection possible against COVID-19.
You won’t get the full protection of the vaccine until around three weeks after your second dose. Even then, you may still be at risk of carrying the virus and passing it on to others. Therefore, even after you have had the vaccine it’s really important that you continue to follow the guidelines, wash your hands, cover your face and keep your distance from people.
More information about the vaccination programme in Norfolk and Waveney can be found on our website here: www.norfolkandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccination-programme .
This web page includes answers to the questions that people have told us are important (our myth buster) and a copy of this letter – so you can see that it is genuine and has come from NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group. Our website provides audio and translation functions, and we are also producing this information in an easy read format to access online.
Finally, we know there is a lot of information here, but we want patients to know what to expect from the vaccination programme and how to get protected from COVID-19 as quickly as possible.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and your continued support of the NHS.
NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group