Category: COVID-19

New strategy involving peer pressure and social media to encourage young people in Bedfordshire to have Covid jab

A different strategy is being used by health managers to persuade young people across Bedfordshire to get vaccinated against COVID-19, a meeting heard.
Currently only one in three in the 18- to 29-year-old age group is having the jab, BLMK Clinical Commissioning Group’s governing body was told.

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COVID-19: It’s “impossible to plan in detail” for the return to school in September

There is a real prospect that the new school year will look very much like the one just about to end, with masks and COVID-19 precautions still in place, a meeting heard.
Leading Bedford councillors say that with so-called freedom day looming on Monday (19 July 2021) is it “difficult to predict” what is going to happen with the COVID-19 infection and “impossible to plan in detail.”

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‘Try not to hug too many people at the football’ to stop COVID coming home

Public health chiefs in Bedford believe they will struggle to get COVID safety messages across to the public in advance of the football final.

A meeting on Thursday (8 July 2021) heard that so far the defensive wall offered by vaccination is preventing an upsurge in deaths and people needing hospital treatment.

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Central Bedfordshire Council Test and Trace hub expands to include Bedford and Milton Keynes

Residents of Milton Keynes and Bedford who test positive for COVID-19 are now being contacted by a local contact tracing hub following a pilot project set up by Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) earlier this year.

Local contact tracing teams had been in place for the three councils since August 2020, but the teams were separate and most cases were initially contacted by the national test and trace team.

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COVID-19 Pfizer drop-ins in Bedford Town Centre

This Saturday, 26 June 2021, anyone over 18 in Bedford Borough can drop-in to the Harpur Suite (next to Bedford Central Library), Bedford for their Pfizer vaccination, without the need to book an appointment or show ID.

Between 11am and 4pm clinicians and other health professionals will be on hand to help answer any questions residents may have about vaccinations.

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NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group chief urges people to get second jab

chair of NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Sarah Whiteman has encouraged local residents to come forward for their first COVID jab and remember to get their second dose, which the CCG called “vital and lifesaving”.

The plea comes as people aged 40 and over are now able to book in their second jab on the national booking system from eight weeks after their first dose.

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