30,000 people in Norfolk have received first Covid vaccine dose so far
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Around 30,000 people in Norfolk and Waveney have so far received a coronavirus vaccine, with more specialist centres set to open in the coming days.
As the region reaches a major milestone, almost 40pc of people over the age of 80 have received their first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab at hospitals and GP surgeries.
Of the 65,000 over-80s across the area, around 25,500 have been vaccinated.
And, from today (January 7), NHS practitioners across the nation are beginning to give out the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, which is cheaper and easier to store.
The region's three main hospitals - the Norfolk and Norwich (NNUH), Queen Elizabeth (QEH) in King's Lynn and James Paget (JPUH) in Gorleston - have all had access to vaccine doses since the roll-out was launched.
Nine Norfolk and Waveney GP surgeries have been giving out vaccines, and another two - Bowthorpe Medical Practice in Norwich and The Park Surgery in Great Yarmouth - will join the programme on Friday (January 8).
A further ten GP-led sites will open next week, taking the total number in the Norfolk and Waveney CCG area to 21.
Until now, constituencies such as North Norfolk and Norwich North - with populations of 87,596 and 90,083 respectively - have had no local vaccination services.
In west Suffolk, it was confirmed on Thursday that the Jubilee Centre in Mildenhall would be added to the list from January 11.
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People across the region are being encouraged not to attend local surgeries or hospitals for a vaccine unless contacted about an appointment.