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All the latest, fact-checked news about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and how it is affecting Bedford, Bedford Town, Bedford Borough, Bedford businesses and Bedford people in one place.

For the latest coronavirus stats in Bedford, please read:
Coronavirus: latest confirmed cases in Bedford Borough

As we publish news articles relating to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on Bedford, they will be added to this archive for easy access.

All of the team at Bedford Independent live in and around Bedford Borough and we aim to report on the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on local people, local business and local economy.

Please check & follow the latest Government Advice and, if you suspect you have symptoms, follow the NHS guidelines.

coronavirus
So far this term Bedford Borough Council has received over 1,500 positive Covid case notifications from schools, with 382 in the week commencing 4 October, a meeting heard...
Care providers are working to ensure that staff are vaccinated and they have sufficient cover when new Covid regulations come into force in November, a meeting has heard...
The booking system for Bedford Borough's Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) on Barkers Lane will be "turned off" this weekend after almost five months. This will mean...
The Covid-19 booster programme has started and is being delivered through some GP practices, pharmacies and large vaccination centres by appointment only, a meeting heard. Dan Ibeziako, from...
coronavirus testing
There has been a rapid increase in Bedford Borough’s overall Covid case rate over the last two weeks, a meeting heard. Ian Brown, chief officer for public health, told yesterday’s (30 September...
Secondary school
The Covid infection rate for secondary school-age children in Bedford has doubled since they first returned to school. And the number of positive case notifications is more than four...
vaccine
Increases in Covid cases across the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) area have led to pressures on local hospitals, but efforts are being made to increase vaccination uptake...
Vaccine elderly
People aren’t aware that they have to wait six months before they can have a COVID booster jab, a meeting heard. Geraint Davies, director of performance and governance at Bedfordshire...
From 6pm today (Friday) anyone in Bedford Borough aged 16 or 17 can book their Covid-19 jab through the National Booking Service (NBS).  Almost three-quarters of a million young people...
People should continue to exercise caution over Covid to avoid more restrictive measures being put into place as the winter looms, a meeting heard. Bedford Borough Council’s Local...
Care home workers in Bedford must have the COVID Vaccination if they want to remain employed unless they are clinically exempt. Kate Walker, Bedford Borough Council’s...
Bedford schools have been given carbon dioxide (CO2) monitors by the council to reduce Covid transmission as term begins next week. Bedford Borough have provided primary and secondary schools...