Bedfordians urged to ‘grab a jab’ at one of six walk-in sites open this week

Stickers given out to residents who have had their vaccine

Six walk-in sites are opening in Bedford Borough this week, offering Covid-19 vaccines as part of a ‘week of walk-ins’.

The locations are among a record number of walk-in sites opening their doors across the country as the NHS vaccination programme ramps up its efforts to boost the nation’s immunity.

With the NHS currently experiencing a high demand for its services, people are being urged to support their local hospital by getting vaccinated.

As of Monday 16 January, 1,396 hospital beds are occupied by Covid-positive patients in the east of England.

The vast majority of whom are in intensive care are unvaccinated.

Ruth Ashmore, director of commissioning and executive lead for the vaccination programme for NHS England and NHS Improvement East of England, said: “The evidence is clear, getting your vaccine is the single best precaution you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones against the virus, so please come forward for your latest dose this week, if eligible.

“Nationally, around 6.5 million people are overdue their booster by six weeks, which is considered ‘clinically late’, so it is vitally important those people come forward and get that vital top-up dose this week.”

Currently, you must wait 28 days after testing positive for Covid before getting your next dose. Children are advised to wait 12 weeks.

UK Health Security Agency data demonstrates the great protection two doses offer, whilst not enough to completely stop the surge of Omicron, adding an additional third dose prevents around 75% of people from getting any COVID symptoms.

The NHS is also this week inviting eligible 16- and 17-year-olds to get their booster as well as those at risk between 12 and 15. Please note that these age groups are required to book their vaccination via the National Booking Service.

Over 16s walk-in sessions

Bedford Heights, Manton Lane, Bedford MK41 7BJ
17-23 January 9am – 2pm

Smarta Healthcare, 5 Stephenson Court, Fraser Road, Priory Business Park, Bedford MK44 3WJ
17-21 January 2pm – 4.30pm
(Includes 3rd doses for immuno-suppressed people)

Kidman’s Surgical Chemist, 141-143 Castle Rd, Bedford MK40 3RS
17-23 January 9:30am-12:30pm and 2.30pm – 5.30pm
(Includes 3rd doses for immuno-suppressed people)

Janssens Pharmacy, 28 Ampthill Road, Bedford MK42 9HG
17 January 9.30am – 3pm
18-21 January 9.30am – 5pm
22 January 9.30am – 4pm
(Includes 3rd doses for immuno-suppressed people)

Meiklejohn Pharmacy, 141-143 Harrowden Rd Bedford MK42 0RU
17-22 January 9:30am – 6pm

The Village Pharmacy, Meiklejohn Centre, Great Denham Bedford
17-22 January 9:30am – 6pm

12-15-year-old walk-in

Bedford Heights, Manton Lane, Bedford MK41 7BJ
22-23 January 10am – 2pm

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