Bedford’s war on rising Covid 19 cases is being intensified this weekend

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Pfizer vaccine

The NHS vaccination centre at Manton Lane is offering walk-in jabs for anyone over 18.

Pfizer is being distributed in the main building at Bedford Heights from 9 am-5 pm running alongside appointments.

Nearby, the mobile bus unit will be dishing out AstraZeneca vaccines for walk-ins from 9 am-3 pm every day except Wednesday.

Second doses of either vaccine are only available 56 days after the first.

Up until yesterday, according to the Public Health England dashboard, 120,000 of the borough’s adult population had received their first jab with 87,000 having had two.

Bedford reported 58 new cases yesterday and is now averaging 235 per 100,000 population over a seven day period.

However, the town now ranks 168th in the country’s Covid table, a far cry from just weeks ago when it was in the top three.

The nearby facility at Shefford remains closed next week, instead, Bedford, Luton, Milton Keynes NHS group is opening a temporary facility at Magna Park, Milton Keynes in a bid to encourage warehouse workers to have the jab.

Meanwhile many under 40s in Bedford will be eligible for their second dose from Monday, with the Manton Lane centre concentrating on Pfizer from 8 am-4 pm daily.

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