Seven pharmacies in Bedford will take on the role of vaccination centres when the temporary sites at the Queen’s Park Gurdwara and King’s House on Ampthill Road close on 30 June.
The two hubs opened in January to help deliver the mass vaccination programme in Bedford Borough. They were joined by the national vaccination centre at Bedford Heights, which will remain open.
GPs from local surgeries have been taking shifts at the sites as part of the massive effort to get as many people vaccinated as possible, particularly in the face of the rise of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) Delta variant in the Borough.
When the temporary sites close at the end of the month, the GPs will be returning to their surgeries.
Praise for team effort
“As the first phase of vaccination roll out in centres moves on and pharmacies open up to deliver the vaccine, I would like to extend our thanks to the Bedoc team and GPs from Bedford Borough who have worked tirelessly over the last six months to deliver the biggest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS,” said Geraint Davies, Strategic Vaccination lead for NHS in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.
“It has been a tremendous team effort.”
“From the clinicians who have worked in general practice and undertaken extra shifts in the vaccination centres and the retired GPs who have returned to play their part in this national effort to the volunteers who have been outside in all weathers supporting people and the estate teams at the Gurdwara and King’s House – who have given their time and resources so graciously, we could not be more grateful.
“As the next stage of our programme gets underway, bringing the vaccine closer to communities, we are urging all adults over 18 to play their part, protect their communities and get the vaccine.”
Vaccinations are now being offered to all over 18s in the Borough. If you have yet to receive your first jab, or if it’s been eight weeks since your first vaccine, you can book an appointment at one of these seven pharmacies, or at Bedford Heights.
- Bedford Pharmacy, 9 Greenhill Street
- Kidman’s Surgical Chemist, Castle Road
- The Village Pharmacy, Meiklejohn Centre, Unit 3, Kingswood Way, Great Denham
- Meiklejohn Pharmacy, Harrowden Road
- Janssens Pharmacy, Ampthill Road
- Bromham Pharmacy, Avoca House, Molivers Lane, Bromham
- Smarta Healthcare, Stephenson Court, Fraser Road, Priory Business Park
Residents can either book direct at the pharmacy or go through the national booking centre to get their vaccine at Bedford Heights.
Mobile vaccination centres
In addition to the seven pharmacies and the site at Bedford Heights, pop up ‘roving’ vaccination centres will be deployed to areas where there has been a low take-up.
A pop up drop-in centre will open at the Harpur Suite in Bedford town centre this Saturday (26 June).
“It was always anticipated that Kings House and the Gurdwara would close at the end of June, but the good news is that Bedford Heights will remain open, together with a number of community pharmacies, and appointments can be booked through the National Booking System or by calling 119, so we’ll continue to have good availability,” said Cllr Louise Jackson, portfolio holder for health and wellbeing at Bedford Borough Council.
“We’ll keep working with our NHS partners to ensure that vaccines are available where our communities need them and I hope that the NHS will continue to make drop-in sessions available too, as these are popular.
“I would urge everyone to come forward for their jab as soon as possible so that we can all get back to doing the things that we love.”