Covid vaccination clinics canceled in Lowestoft and Harleston

The Corn Exchange in King's Lynn is now in use as a Covid-19 vaccination center.  Image: Ian Bu

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A number of Covid vaccination clinics have been canceled following a sudden influx of patients making advance appointments.

The Old Law Courts, in Lowestoft, and the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange were scheduled to offer punches to people in priority groups on a walk-in basis on Wednesday April 14.

A Covid Walk-In Vaccination Clinic In King’s Lynn Corn Exchange Has Been Canceled
– Credit: Ian Burt

But the one-off sessions had to be canceled after a sharp increase in bookings that made it impossible to offer a walk-in service.

And Norfolk and Waveney CCG, who are leading the local deployment, said other planned clinics in Attleborough (Connaught Hall), Downham Market (town hall) and Harleston (old Paddock Road surgery) would no longer take place on Thursday and Friday.

A spokesperson for the CGC said: ‘Due to an influx of bookings for COVID-19 vaccinations, no further walk-in clinics will be held in Norfolk and Waveney this week as all available spaces are now complete.

“A review of the walk-in clinics for the upcoming weekend will take place later this week and we plan to announce more walk-in appointments shortly.

“The availability of vaccine appointments may vary depending on vaccine demand and supply, so be patient and keep checking as appointments are regularly added to the booking system.

“Eligible patients can also contact their GP practice to request an appointment.”

Large-scale Covid vaccination center has opened in Harleston

Large-scale Covid vaccination center has opened in Harleston

Walk-in Covid vaccination clinic at Old Paddock Road Surgery in Harleston has been canceled
– Credit: Sonya Duncan

Clinics canceled this week were to be held at locations already in use as large-scale centers, where appointments can be booked online.

This week saw a sharp increase in bookings to mass vaccination sites after the the offer of a vaccine has been extended to those over 45, many of whom are now offered the Moderna product.

They are encouraged to use the online portal, which is also open to people over 50, people at high risk of coronavirus, people with learning disabilities and paid and unpaid caregivers.

Nurse Maria Alexiou prepares COVID vaccinations at the new Connaught Hal mass vaccination center

Nurse Maria Alexiou prepares COVID vaccinations at the new Connaught Hal mass vaccination center

People over 45 are now offered their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine
– Credit: Danielle Booden

But, faced with a shortage of vaccines throughout April, healthcare bosses are battling to juggle the 45- to 49-year-olds with a growing number of older patients needing second doses.

Walk-in clinics were launched last month with the aim of vaccinating all people over the age of 50 in Norfolk and Waveney.

About 96% have already received initial doses, but officials want the figure to approach 100%.

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