NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Bedford Borough Council are urging eligible residents to get their first COVID-19 vaccine, as Bedford currently has the third highest COVID-19 rate in the country (167 cases per 100,000).
With the high rates of infection in the Borough now, the CCG and the Council said it is really important that everyone who is eligible to urgently book their first appointment .
Dr Sarah Whiteman, chair of NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCG, said:
“Getting vaccinated is the most important step we can take to protect ourselves, our families and our communities against COVID-19, including the new variants.
“We’ve seen great success with our recent drop-in program, but we are keen to ensure everyone gets the vaccine when they are eligible so we are opening up more slots to facilitate this. So far, we have given over 145,000 first and second vaccinations in Bedford and we keen to see this number increase further still.”
Additional appointment slots are being made available
People aged 32 are now eligible for a jab and can book through the national booking service. People aged over 40 can even drop in to Bedford Heights without an appointment in a bid to vaccinate as many eligible people as possible and ensure no body is left behind.
If you are aged 32 or over or clinically vulnerable, you can be vaccinated at the Bedford Heights site. Book via the National Booking System – www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119
If you are aged 40 or over, you can drop in to Bedford Heights without an appointment between 8.30am and 3.00pm each day
If you prefer, you can be vaccinated at King’s House or the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Temple. These vaccinations will need to be booked (go to www.bedford.gov.uk/vaccinations) and a special hotline, 01234 718077, has been set up for this. To be eligible you must be aged 32 or over, or clinically vulnerable, or provide care for someone. Grouped appointments are available for household members to be vaccinated at the same time.
It is also important that people get their second vaccination when it is time, to ensure the maximum protection from COVID-19.
Information on second dose appointments is available on the CCG’s website.