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Man Who Glued Lock Of Vaccine Centre Has Been Jailed

Man Who Glued Lock Of Vaccine Centre Has Been Jailed

Hayden Brown vandalised a vaccine centre in Norfolk last month

Dominic Smithers

Dominic Smithers

A man who glued the lock of a vaccine centre has been jailed.

Hayden Brown, from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, vandalised a centre on Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, on 26 November.

The damage caused by the 53-year-old prevented staff from opening the centre, with hundreds of people unable to receive their booster jabs.

Following the incident, police released CCTV footage and Brown was later identified as the man responsible.

According to reports, cameras had been placed at the site after two other supergluing incidents.

Brown was later arrested, and during a hearing at Norwich Magistrates' Court this week, he admitted charges of criminal damage and causing a public nuisance.

Hundreds of people were prevented from receiving the vaccine.

He also admitted to possession of cannabis after police discovered drugs at his home.

Brown was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison.

Superintendent Nathan Clark said the 504 people who were affected by his actions were elderly.

He said: "His actions prevented more than 500 people to receive their Covid-19 vaccinations.

"A large number of these people are elderly and this disruption will have caused them great anxiety to those who have chosen to be vaccinated and then not able to attend."

Last month, it was announced that everyone in the UK aged 18 and over would be offered a Covid-19 booster vaccine by the end of January, as the government moves to tackle the new Omicron variant.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is now advising that all adults aged 18 to 39 should be offered a booster dose, in order of descending age groups, after early evidence has suggested that higher antibody levels may protect better against the new variant.

Everyone in the UK over the age of 18 is to be offered the Covid-19 booster jab.

Booster doses should be given no sooner than three months after people have had their second dose of an original vaccine - shaving three months off the current six-month wait, according to the JCVI.

Professor Wei Shen Lim, chair of the JCVI said: "Having a booster dose of the vaccine will help to increase our level of protection against the Omicron variant.

"This is an important way for us to reduce the impact of this variant on our lives, especially in the coming months.

"If you are eligible for a booster, please take up the offer and keep yourself protected as we head into winter."

Adults over the age of 40 can currently receive their booster vaccine if three months have passed since their second dose.

Younger age groups will be invited to receive their boosters soon, in descending five-year age bands.

Featured Image Credit: Norfolk Police

Topics: Police, covid, vaccine, crime, Health, court