Today (14 January 2021) the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes COVID vaccination programme opened a second vaccination centre in Bedford.
This means that both the Primary Care Networks in Bedford will start to deliver the vaccine to registered patients over 80.
Fully trained vaccinators will be administering the jab at Guru Nanak Gurdwara Temple in Ford End Road, Bedford, to ensure there is plenty of room for social distancing when waiting, as well as a recovery area, where people will be monitored for 15 minutes after the vaccination.
Dr Sarah Whiteman, the medical director and putative chair of BLMK CCGs, said:
“Delivery of the biggest ever NHS vaccination programme has been a huge undertaking so I am thrilled that we can now say we are administering vaccines to the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes footprint that we cover.
“I can appreciate that local people will be keen to get their jab as soon as possible, but we would ask that patients do not contact their practices at this time.
“GPs are working through their lists and making appointments according to the criteria provided by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.”
Cllr Louise Jackson, portfolio holder for Public Health, Health & Wellbeing, said:
“I am delighted that the vaccination programme is expanding in the Borough. Getting all the eligible people vaccinated will be a marathon, not a sprint.
“It will take time to deliver the vaccine to so many people, so in the meantime I ask everyone to observe the lockdown rules and remember hands, face, space.”
A spokesperson for the BLMK CCGs told the Chronicle that NHS staff are doing an incredible job to deliver what it is the largest vaccination programme in our history, at the same time as continuing to be there for everyone who needs care.
They added that the public has an important part to play to help them do this:
- Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, the NHS will contact you
- When you are contacted please attend your booked appointments
- Please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives
Milton Keynes University Hospital
When the Milton Keynes Hospital University (MKUH) site first opened there was a facility for members of the public to book an appointment. The BLMK CCGs spokesperson said that the public are no longer able to book into the MKUH hub.
Patients will be contacted by their GP Practice and in some cases via the national vaccination team.