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Anyone aged 40 and over can walk into a number of vaccination centres across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes this week without the need for an appointment.

For the first time in the area’s local vaccination programme, drop-in sessions are being offered at to make the most of available vaccine supplies.

For a limited period, people who have yet to book their vaccine can turn up at a number of sites in the BLMK area during opening hours to receive their first dose.

Anyone who is 40 or over or eligible to be vaccinated for another reason should ideally bring their NHS number with them to their appointment. Other forms of identification, such as a driving license, passport or utility bill, are also accepted.

Those people who already have a booked appointment at a vaccination centre, GP-led site or pharmacy should still attend their appointment as planned.

Dr Sarah Whiteman, chair of Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“We’ve given nearly 700,000 doses of vaccine across the area so far and we’re keen to make sure that no one gets left behind. We’re opening the doors at our large vaccine centres for walk-ins for a limited time, so you can just turn up and get your jab.

“If you haven’t got around to booking your vaccine appointment yet, this is the perfect opportunity to start to get protected.”

Further information about the vaccination programme across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes can be found on the CCG’s website.

A list of venues and drop-in opening times are available below.