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Drop-in COVID-19 vaccination sessions available for people aged 40 and over

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.

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Additional testing of close contacts following cases of a COVID-19 Variant of Concern Bedford Borough

Bedford Borough Council has been notified of cases of a COVID-19 Variant of Concern (first identified in India). Working with Public Health England and the DHSC, the Council, as a precautionary measure, arranged additional testing of close contacts to be carried out. This additional testing will identify any further COVID-19 positive cases, ensure people know to self-isolate and help slow the spread.

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Bedford Borough Council is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May 2021)

Research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic showed going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies and 45% of us reported being in green spaces had been a vital for our mental health.

The Mental Health Foundation said websites which showed footage from webcams of wildlife saw hits increase by over 2000%. Wider studies also found that during lockdowns, people not only spent more time in nature but were noticing it more.

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Face coverings no longer required in schools and colleges from 17 May

Pupils will no longer be required to wear face coverings in schools and colleges from 17 May, the Prime Minister has confirmed.

In a press conference held on 10 May 2021, the Prime Minister announced that the country’s roadmap out of lockdown is on track and Step 3 will go ahead as planned on 17 May.

The latest data shows infection rates continuing to decrease, deaths and hospitalisations at their lowest level since July, and the vaccine rollout continuing at pace

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