I am delighted that the NHS has launched its first vaccination centre in Norfolk this week at the Castle Quarter shopping centre in Norwich as part of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history.
It's one of ten across the country. The centre is providing an additional option to the vaccination hubs already successfully delivering vaccinations in local hospitals and by GPs across the Norfolk.
The Centre is capable of delivering thousands of vaccines in the coming weeks and provides a major boost to the plans to offer protection to those who would benefit most as quickly as possible.
Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine; the NHS will contact you. When you are contacted, please attend your booked appointments. It is vital that you do not attend the Castle Quarter vaccination centre if you do not have an appointment as you will not be able to receive a vaccination.
Norfolk has already vaccinated 44,293 people with the first dose including 24,000 people over 80 years old and 20% of care home staff in the county.
I know that this has been a long and worrying time, particularly for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, but this very welcome news is the keystone of our exit out of the pandemic. Until then, we should all continue to play our part by staying at home, following the rules and keeping hands, face, space at the forefront of our minds when out and about.