NHS COVID-19 vaccination drop-in centre opens at Cranfield University today

The vaccine centre at Bedford Heights will close on 14 December

A drop-in NHS Covid-19 vaccination centre opens today at Cranfield University, for anyone to attend including staff, students and the local community.

The centre will be offering the Pfizer vaccination to anyone over 18 from 11 am until 5 pm, there is no need to book an appointment.

While both first and second jabs are available, the second dose can only be given to those who have waited for a minimum of eight weeks from their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

This means you will need to have had your first jab either on or before 4 June to get your second.

Philip Aspinall, Chief Operating Officer at Cranfield University, said: “We are delighted to be playing our part in supporting the heroic efforts of the NHS.

“I’d urge all our staff, students and the local community, who have not yet had the opportunity to take advantage of the vaccination programme, to pop along this Friday and get your jab.”

Meanwhile, Dr Sarah Whiteman, Chair of NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group said the centre has been opened to help make it easier for people to get their vaccine.

“We understand that it can sometimes seem difficult to fit into our busy lives, but there are so many convenient options, and it is just as vital to get your jab now as it was on day one.

“The vaccine is the best way we can all protect ourselves our families and our communities so use the convenient drop-in centres or book through the National Booking System,” she said.

You do not need an NHS number or need to be registered with a GP to attend.

The vaccination centre will be based at Cranfield University Sports Hall with free parking available.