Bedford’s second COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccination centre has opened today (14 January) at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Temple on Ford End Road.
The centre, which will be run by family doctors and their teams, joins the centre at Kings House on Ampthill Road in administering vaccinations to Bedfordians over 80-years-old.
Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (BLMK CCG) chose the two sites as their space allows for social distancing when waiting.
There will also be room for a recovery area, where people will be monitored for 15 minutes after the vaccination.
“Delivery of the biggest ever NHS vaccination programme has been a huge undertaking so I am thrilled that we can now say we are administering vaccines…” said Dr Sarah Whiteman, Medical Director and putative Chair of BLMK CCGs.
Cllr Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Health & Wellbeing, added: “I am delighted that the vaccination programme is expanding in the Borough.
“Getting all the eligible people vaccinated will be a marathon, not a sprint.”
BLMK CCG also reminded Bedfordians not to contact their practices to arrange appointments.
“GPs are working through their lists and making appointments according to the criteria provided by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation,” added Dr Whiteman.
Anyone who has been offered a vaccination in Stevenage will be able to receive a vaccine in Bedford if they prefer.
Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “The Clinical Commissioning Group have assured me anyone who has been offered a vaccination in Stevenage, or further afield, will be able to receive a vaccination in Bedford but they may have to wait longer.
“If you wish to have a vaccination in Bedford you do not need to do anything, you will be contacted when an appointment is available.”
He also said he had written to the Prime Minister to ask for more vaccinations for Bedford Borough.