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Vaccine take-up rockets following opening of Diss centre




Vaccine take-up sky-rocketed across south Norfolk in the first weekend after a vaccination hub opened in Diss, according to new figures.

On Wednesday, May 19, health workers set up base at Diss Youth and Community Centre, in Shelfanger Road, drawing a close to a “vaccination centre black-hole” that had plagued south Norfolk for so long.

The following Saturday, more than 2,000 people received their second jab – the highest daily total in more than a month and more than double the daily total of any of the preceding seven days.

The Covid Vaccination hub at the Diss Youth and Community Centre on Shelfanger Road. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.
The Covid Vaccination hub at the Diss Youth and Community Centre on Shelfanger Road. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.

The encouraging figures suggest that the opening of the centre in Diss – which had long been championed by council officials and community leaders – has had a profound impact on vaccine take-up across the district.

In response to the figures, a spokesman for NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The Covid-19 vaccination programme continues to take place at pace across Norfolk and Waveney, with more than a million doses given.

“Local GP practices, pop-up clinics, large-scale vaccination centres and pharmacies across Norfolk and Waveney continue to administer first and second doses, in line with vaccine supply.”

“Additional community pharmacies, including Hado pharmacy in Diss, have come on-stream over the last few weeks, with more to come in the coming days.

“These extra sites are available for people over the age of 30 to book their Covid-19 vaccine direct via the national booking system or by calling 119.”

As of Tuesday, 66,976 people in south Norfolk had received their second dose of the vaccine, with 93,447 receiving their first.

Across the border in mid Suffolk, the figures stood at 52,274 and 69,469, respectively.



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