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Coronavirus vaccination centre to open in Attleborough

Residents in Diss will no longer have to make the 40-mile round trip to Poringland for a coronavirs vaccine, as the NHS have announced that a vaccination site will open in Attleborough on Wednesday.

Frustration was beginning to grow as residents in the town were being asked to travel more than 22 miles to a community centre in Poringland for their jab, but the opening of the new site at Connaught Hall, in Station Road, means many residents will only have to travel 12 miles from Wednesday February 3.

For some, especially elderly residents who do not have access to a car, the latest announcement may not be enough, after NHS England had promised earlier last month that there would be a vaccination site in "every corner of Norfolk and Waveney within the coming weeks".

The vaccination centre is to open on Wednesday	Picture by Mecha Morton.
The vaccination centre is to open on Wednesday Picture by Mecha Morton.

Following the latest announcement, Dr David Vickers, medical director at Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust, promised more centres would follow.

He said: "We are delighted to be launching large vaccination centres in Kings Lynn, Attleborough, and North Walsham; joining the centre already successfully delivering life saving vaccination at the Castle Quarter Shopping Centre in Norwich.

"Further centres will roll out in the coming weeks."

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