Health chiefs have confirmed that large vaccination centres across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) will be open for a special drop in event on Hallowe’en (31 October 2021).
The sessions will enable young people to get their vaccination as early and easily as possible.
The NHS started to roll out the COVID-19 jab to school children aged 12 to 15, last month. Children in this age group are eligible for one dose of the Pfizer vaccine following the government’s acceptance of the UK Chief Medical Officers’ recommendation.
Jabs have already been carried out in schools across the area.
These drop-in sessions will enable anyone who was unable to be vaccinated at school, those who are home schooled and anyone in the 12-15 age bracket that wants to be vaccinated outside of school.
The sessions are open from 16.00 – 18.00 at the following locations:
- Bedford Heights, Bedford
- Watling House, Dunstable
- The Redgrave Centre, Luton
- Saxon Court, Milton Keynes
Between 16.00 and 18.00, 12-15 year olds do not need an appointment they can just turn up to get their COVID-19 vaccine. They must be accompanied by an adult with parental responsibility as nobody will be vaccinated without parental consent.
Geraint Davies, senior responsible officer for NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“This Hallowe’en we are giving young people in BLMK “pumpkin” to talk about when they can confirm to their friends that they have joined the millions that are playing their part by getting vaccinated.
“Our vaccination teams are far from scary and are there to support those who have any questions.
“Getting vaccinated will enable the young to continue their important schooling and protecting those around them. We promise that at the end of their visit there will be treats and no tricks.”
Parents or guardians are also able to book their child in for a single dose of the vaccine through the online booking service or they can ring 119.
Further information on the vaccination programme in BLMK visit: www.blmkccg.nhs.uk/covid-19.