A major new vaccination center that opened Sunday has delivered its first coronavirus jabs.
The new center in Harleston at the Old Paddock Surgery provides an additional option to the large-scale vaccination centers already operating across Kings Lynn, Norwich, Attleborough, North Walsham and Lowestoft , as well as the vaccination hubs in local hospitals and with GP surgeries.
It comes after concerns from people in southern Norfolk that there was not enough local accommodation in the area.
Across the UK now, 20 million people have received the Covid-19 vaccine, according to health secretary and West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock.
One of those vaccinated in Harleston on Sunday was Susan Kirkham, 64, who died from Attleborough.
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She said she was excited to finally get her vaccine.
“I felt left out at first because I knew friends younger than me had already been vaccinated,” she said.
“It was all very tidy and enjoyable but I’m not afraid of needles.”
She said she had no doubts about getting the vaccine.
She said: “I strongly believe in the vaccination program … I would say to people who have doubts, make it happen.”
John Watson, also aged 64, traveled down from Norwich to have his vaccine.
He had hoped to have the vaccine at the same time as his wife two weeks ago but was thankful he had now received it.
Mr Watson said: “I am delighted to have been vaccinated, my only fear is that I could not place an order in Norwich or anywhere in central Norfolk. .
“The staff at Harleston were excellent, it was well organized and they explained everything well.”
He encouraged others to get vaccinated.
The Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust coordinates centers across Norfolk and Waveney. Its medical director, Dr David Vickers, said: “We would like to thank our amazing staff and volunteers for their hard work, as well as colleagues at Harleston Medical Center and RSS Medical Premises for allow us to use their premises for this vital vaccination program. ”
More than 40pc of Norfolk and Waveney’s most vulnerable patients have received their first Covid-19 injection.
People have been told to wait to be notified before arranging a vaccination.