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Coronavirus vaccination rates put Diss area among country’s best




Health officials have praised the vaccine roll-out throughout Norfolk, as figures show rates in the Diss Express area are among the highest in the entire country.

In the week leading up to August 11, 79.8 per cent of people in south Norfolk had been double jabbed, while 90.4 per cent have had their first.

The figures are almost identical in mid Suffolk, where 79.8 per cent of people are fully vaccinated, and 90.6 per cent have had one jab.

The vaccinationcentre at the Diss Youth and Community Centre, in Shelfanger Road. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.
The vaccinationcentre at the Diss Youth and Community Centre, in Shelfanger Road. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.

The figures make the Waveney Valley region among the most vaccinated areas in Britain – by way of contrast, Haringey, in north London, is yet to pass the 50 per cent mark when it comes to the number of people vaccinated.

Late last month, Tracy Williams, a governing body member for the Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group, praised the success of the roll-out across the county.

She said: “We are really pleased with the success of our vaccination campaign so far.

“We have tried to be as flexible as possible and provide a service which is easy and convenient for people to access so that everybody has the opportunity to get the jab and protect themselves and others.”

Within south Norfolk, Diss and Roydon lag slightly behind: 85.5 per cent of people have had their first jab, but only 72.8 per cent have had their second – markedly lower than anywhere else in the area.

Diss Youth and Community Centre in Shelfanger Road is now operating a walk-in vaccination service.

Ms Williams added: “We would urge anyone who hasn’t yet had their first dose to drop into one of our walk-in clinics or arrange an appointment with the national booking service.”

“Please don’t forget that your second dose of the vaccine is vital and will provide maximum, longer-term protection from Covid-19.

“This should be eight weeks after your first dose, in line with national guidance.”



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