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More opportunities for over 50s to get Covid vaccination

31 March 2021


There are more walk-in and drive-through opportunities for over 50s to get their first Covid-19 vaccination in Norfolk and Waveney over the next few days - including another drive-through clinic at the James Paget on Bank Holiday Monday, 5 April.

The clinic will once again be held near the Burrage Centre, at the back of the hospital site, between 9am and 4pm. After entering the hospital site, please follow the perimeter road to the back of the hospital where you will be directed by stewards.

No appointment is necessary and anyone in cohorts 1-9 can visit if you haven't already had your first vaccination. 

 Cohorts 1-9 include:

  • Anyone aged 50 or over
  • Individuals who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (aged 16 and over)
  • Health and social care staff
  • Care home workers and residents
  • Carers (paid and unpaid, including young carers aged 16 )

For more details of other walk-in opportunities, including one tomorrow, Thursday 1 April, at the former magistrates courts, next to Lowestoft Police Station, please see below.

If you have an appointment already booked please keep this rather than attending a drop-in clinic - thank you.


The Norfolk and Waveney health and care system is offering further walk-in opportunities – including two new sites this Thursday in Lowestoft and Harleston - to vaccinate remaining people in priority groups 1-9, building on the 61% of adults in the area who have already received their first dose of the vaccine.

The two new walk-in clinics are being offered at:

  • East Coast - The Old Law Courts, Old Nelson Street, Lowestoft NR32 1HJ (closest car park is on Whapload Road - sat nav NR32 1EQ), Thursday 1 April, 8.30am-3pm, no appointment necessary.
  • South Norfolk - Old Paddock Road surgery, Harleston, Norfolk, Thursday 1 April, 8.30am-3pm, no appointment necessary.

They join further walk-in clinics as follows:

  • Norwich – Gurney Surgery, 40 Fishergate, Norwich, NR3 1SE, Friday 2 April 8am-6pm, no appointment necessary.
  • Norwich – Lionwood Medical Practice, 30a Wellesley Avenue Norwich, Norwich, NR1 4NU, Friday 2 April 8am-6pm, no appointment necessary.
  • West Norfolk – Downham Market Town Hall, Bridge Street, Downham Market, PE38 9DW, Thursday 1 April and Monday 5 April, 8:30am to 2pm, no appointment necessary.
  • North Norfolk – Cromer Hospital – weekly vaccination clinics on a Saturday for the next four weeks. Book online in advance at or just turn up between 10am and 2pm.
  • East Coast – Gorleston – James Paget Hospital (Burrage Centre) – Monday 5 April 9am-4pm, no appointment necessary.

Dr David Vickers, medical director, Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust which runs some of the large scale vaccination centres in Norfolk and Waveney said:

“Anyone over 50 and in cohort groups 1-9 who hasn’t had their first Covid-19 vaccination can visit our vaccination centres in Harleston and Lowestoft on Thursday 1 April between 8.30am and 3pm to do so.  No appointment is needed on this date, just bring along some form of evidence that shows you are in one of the eligible cohorts.

“So if you are in an eligible group – meaning you are 50 or over, have a health condition that puts you at greater risk, or are a health or social care worker – and you haven’t booked your first dose yet, the time to do so is right now. 

“Scientific evidence has shown the vaccine is safe and effective and is successfully driving down hospitalisation rates.  I strongly urge anyone in the eligible cohorts who has not done so yet, to take the opportunity to protect themselves and others.”

Dr Anoop Dhesi, Clinical Chair & Local GP, NHS Norfolk and Waveney Commissioning Group,said:

“Local NHS teams are working hard to offer the first crucial dose of the vaccine as many people in the top nine priority groups as possible by the middle of April - as a country and a county, we need people to take up this offer to keep everyone safe.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to remind people that are due to have their second dose to make sure they attend their appointment.”

If patients have an appointment already booked over the coming weeks, it is important those appointments are kept and attended rather than a drop-in appointment being selected as a substitute.