Booking hotline set up as Borough residents urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible

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The vaccine centre at Bedford Heights will close on 14 December

Drop-in vaccination sessions and a booking hotline for appointments are among measures to help Bedfordians get vaccinated as quickly as possible.

The NHS and Bedford Borough Council are urging eligible residents to get their first COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccine, as Bedford currently has the third-highest COVID-19 rate in the country (167 cases per 100,000).

More appointments slot are being made available and, to make vaccination as easy and convenient as possible, there are now more locations where you can be vaccinated.

If this is your first vaccination, the routes are as follows:

  • If you are aged 32 or over or clinically vulnerable, you can be vaccinated at the Bedford Heights site

• Book via the National Booking System – nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119

• If you are aged 40 or over, you can drop in to Bedford Heights without an appointment between 8.30am and 3.00pm each day.

• If you prefer, you can be vaccinated at King’s House or the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Temple. These vaccinations will need to be booked and a special hotline has been set up for this. You must book an appointment – go to bedford.gov.uk/vaccinations or call 01234 718077.

To be eligible you must be:

• Aged 32 or over, or clinically vulnerable, or

• Provide care for someone, or

• We can offer grouped appointments for household members to be vaccinated at the same time

If you think you might be eligible but you’re not sure, please call 01234 718077.

Second vaccinations

It is vital that people get their second vaccination when it is time, to ensure the maximum protection from Covid-19.

Information on second dose appointments is available on the CCG’s website.

Dr Sarah Whiteman, Chair of NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCG said: “Getting vaccinated is the most important step we can take to protect ourselves, our families and our communities against COVID-19, including the new variants.

“We’ve seen great success with our recent drop-in program, but we are keen to ensure everyone gets the vaccine when they are eligible so we are opening up more slots to facilitate this.

“So far, we have given over 145,000 first and second vaccinations in Bedford and we keen to see this number increase further still.”