COVID-19 vaccination programme
Please do not attend our COVID-19 vaccination hub, The Inspire Centre, without an appointment slot. You will be contacted when itís your turn to be vaccinated.
For more information on the vaccination process at the QEH, please click here.
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination, in Norfolk and Waveney, please visit: https://www.norfolkandwaveneyccg.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccination-programme.
Understandably, there is a keen interest within our local community about our COVID vaccination programme. In response to various questions that have arisen in the media and on social media we thought it would be helpful and timely to share an update and to provide reassurance about how we are approaching the programme.
In line with Government policy and consistent with other vaccine hubs we have started vaccinating those 70 years of age and over and health and social care staff. This will take us one step closer to ensuring we are all protected and become immune from this dangerous virus which has so tragically affected and taken the lives of so many over the last year.
We are working with GP surgeries in the Coastal West Norfolk area to arrange the appointments for over 70s, and this partnership working is going well. We are also offering patients over 80 who come in to our hospital for appointments and as emergencies the vaccine, where appropriate.
All priority groups are being vaccinated in a planned way to avoid queuing and to maintain social distancing.
We have been asked why some staff who are not in the high risk groups have had their jabs, which is understandable. We have capacity to vaccinate 450 people a day; however, in recent days over the holiday period we have had some unfilled slots, despite extensive communication. To avoid wasting precious vaccine, we offered these unfilled slots to our wider workforce. The last thing we want is any vaccine going to waste.
Ordinarily and for the time being, we are vaccinating over 300 patients over 80 per day, with the remaining vaccinations for care home workers/staff, ambulance staff and our own staff.
We are grateful to our team of vaccinators who are working 7 days a week to support our programme and ensure as many patients and staff receive the vaccine as possible, whilst adhering to the clear national guidance.