All unvaccinated over-18 Bedfordians encouraged to book hundreds of Pfizer slots available in Borough

Mayor Dave Hodgson sports a vaccine sticker after receiving his second jab on 3 June.

coronavirus (COVID-19) On 3 June, NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Bedford Borough Council called all unvaccinated over18s in Bedford Borough to get their coronavirus (COVID-19) jabs booked.

There are hundreds of appointments available for the first dose of the Pfizer vaccination at two sites: Kings House and the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Temple.

The announcement confirms the increase in the pace of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Bedford Borough.

This is part of measures put in place to help stop the spread of COVID in the town and in particular the variant of concern B.1.617.2, a coronavirus variant first identified in India.

Vaccinations are being offered to people who are eligible for the vaccine in line with national guidelines. This includes:

  • all adults over 18
  • anyone who has a health condition that puts them at higher risk of COVID
  • anyone providing care for someone

Grouped appointments are also available for adults in a household, allowing them to be vaccinated at the same time.

The Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson, said: “We are working very hard with the NHS to bring as many vaccinations into the area as possible for all adults.

“It is vital that you take this chance to increase protection, not just for you, but for your families and friends.”

Mayor Dave Hodgson received his second jab on 3 June.

Dr Sarah Whiteman, chair of the NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCG, said: “We have appointments available today because we know how incredibly important it is that we bring the vaccine to as many Bedford residents as possible.

“We are particularly keen to vaccinate anyone with a health condition who hasn’t yet come forward.

“They are more at risk from becoming seriously unwell if they catch the virus and we want to make sure they have the best possible protection if cases of the variant of concern do continue to rise.”

“We are very happy to support the CCG with this vaccination programme,” said Dr Vijay Nayar, one of the borough’s GPs.

“The vaccination programme in Bedford provides us with a vital line of defence.

“If you are eligible, please ensure you are vaccinated by using the dedicated Bedford Borough booking line to make an appointment at either the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Temple or King’s House.

“Pfizer is safe for everyone and I would encourage everyone to use this local offer and get vaccinated as soon as possible.

“The earlier everyone has their first dose, the earlier they can have their second one and increase protection across the community.”

The dedicated Bedford Borough Council booking line is available by calling 01234 718077 or go online to book at Kings House or the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Temple.

If you’re not sure of your eligibility, you can also check by calling the number, 01234 718077.