Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) set up the first walk in vaccination pilot in the UK, in just 24 hours.
Like many Fire and Rescue Service’s across the country, BFRS have been utilising their services to support the mass vaccine roll out. In the last few weeks, the Service have been responsible for setting up vaccination centres across Bedfordshire and Luton in order to help vaccinate communities.
In just 24 hours, BFRS set up a walk up vaccination pilot, opening the doors to numbers of people who were eligible for the vaccine.
Station Commander Robert Hulatt, who led the operation said;
“Given the short notice timescale the challenge was significant, what we achieved through collaboration was incredible! Plans laid late into last Thursday night were executed meticulously by our multiagency workforce on the ground.
“I couldn’t be more proud to be part of a team that steps up and delivers time after time.”
BFRS said that the vaccination pilot delivered almost 3000 vaccinations at three walk in sites alone. Adding that data captured from the centres suggested that the vaccination centres have vaccinated people who would not otherwise have used the booking system.
Ola Hill, deputy organisational resilience manager, Bedfordshire, Luton & Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“This is the epitome of collaboration at its best! It was a stellar effort by all.”
The Service’s engagement with rough sleepers has also resulted in enhanced understanding of barriers to vaccination program participation.
BFRS said this intelligence has put more momentum behind a solution to vaccinate the homeless.
Bedfordshire FRS continues to work alongside the NHS and Blue Light partners to ensure the smooth running and success of this vaccination programme.