Mayor’s monthly column: Vaccination video and roll-out update

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Today we have seen a new national vaccination centre open at Bedford Heights.

This new centre joins Kings House and the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in delivering the COVID-19 vaccinations in Bedford Borough, and will make it easier for people to get vaccinated locally which is really good news.

All residents and staff in the care homes across Bedford Borough have been visited and offered a vaccination where possible. Where someone has had Coronavirus recently they may not have been able to be vaccinated at that time and will be offered another visit.

GPs will start contacting all residents that are housebound this week to arrange for a clinician to visit them at home to administer the vaccination.

I’d like to thank all the NHS staff and the volunteers who are working hard to get local residents vaccinated.

I have recorded a new video about the current situation regarding vaccinations in Bedford Borough. You can watch it here.

I have been informed by local GPs that we will have the capacity across Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes to deliver 54,000 vaccines a week.

GPs, nurses and volunteers are ready for these vaccinations to take place but we’ve not had the supply of vaccines we need due to what’s been described to me as a ‘lumpy’ supply issue.

I’m told by our GPs that we can get everyone in Priority 1 to 4 vaccinated by 15 February but we do need that supply, we don’t need local residents to be let down.

I’ve written to both the Prime Minister and the Minister for Vaccination Deployment to ask for our fair share of vaccines.

Again I call on them to ensure enough vaccines are delivered and to let the NHS and our volunteers get on with these vaccinations.

We have again seen another reduction in positive Coronavirus tests.

In the week to 24 January we saw 840 positive cases. Sadly we saw another very large increase in number of deaths with 46 recorded in the week to 15 January – this was an increase of 22 additional deaths.

Rates are still higher than in the first wave and we absolutely cannot be complacent. You can see the weekly Snapshot here.

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