Council writes to Vaccine Minister requesting jabs for all over-16s

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Vaccines for all Bedford Borough’s over-16s are being called for as the number of Covid-19 (coronavirus) cases has surged.

Bedford Borough Council is calling on the government to vaccinate over 16s to reduce the spread of the virus and protect local residents after the appearance of a variant of concern.

The Council has been notified of a number of cases of a COVID-19 Variant of Concern (first identified in India) with mounting evidence that this variant is spreading rapidly in the borough.

As seen in the latest Bedford Borough snapshot, the COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 people in the population in Bedford Borough has more than doubled to 84.3 from 39.8 in just one week and the rise in cases is mostly among people aged under 40, with the highest increase among those aged 11-22.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “Cllr Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Public Health and I have written a joint letter to the Chair of the COVID-19 Immunisation, Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and the Minister for COVID Vaccine Deployment expressing our deep concern about the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases locally.

“We need a vaccination programme to be rolled out for all residents aged 16 and over in the Borough to protect our residents, especially in light of some lockdown restrictions being lifted from Monday 17 May.

“We also consider it vital that a vaccine for children under 16 should be licenced as soon as possible.”

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