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Vaccination Appointments, Walk-in Sessions and information

Across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes we have over 60 COVID-19 vaccination sites. These range from local GPs and pharmacies to community venues and large vaccination centres.  They are offering sessions to deliver the 1st, 2nd, booster and Spring booster doses to those that are eligible.

Children’s vaccinations for COVID-19

Vaccinations have started for children aged 5 to 11 years and they are now able to receive their primary COVID-19 vaccination course. Many of these are being offered via booked appointments or walk-in sessions. Full details are on our dedicated children’s vaccination page.

Spring boosters

In February, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised a spring dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for:

• adults aged 75 years and over
• residents in care homes for older adults
• individuals aged 12 years and over who have a weakened immune system

The NHS will contact those who are eligible to make a spring booster appointment, so people should wait until they hear from the NHS. The NHS will prioritise those whose clinical need is greatest, as it has throughout, starting with those who have had a bigger gap since their last dose, then working through the cohort to invite others who have waited less time. Everyone who is eligible will be offered a top up between three and six months over the Spring and early Summer.

Booster vaccinations

We know vaccines give high levels of protection, though immunity naturally reduces over time, so it is vital you come forward to get your COVID-19 booster vaccine to top-up your defences and protect yourself and your family members this winter.

Everyone aged 12+ are now eligible for the third booster jab, as long as three months have passed since your second dose.

You can book a booster jab appointment via the online National Booking Service once three months have passed since your second dose.

People eligible for their COVID-19 booster jab are also invited to walk-in to one of our friendly, walk-in clinics with no appointment necessary.

The vaccine offer is evergreen, so if you want your first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine then you can book or walk in now.

Here are our walk-in sites:

  • Bedford Borough

    We run sessions for over 12s and those who are 16 and over… scroll down for over 16 sessions

    Over 12s walk-in sessions

    All 12 – 15 year olds must be accompanied by somebody with parental responsibility.

    Bedford Heights
    Manton Lane, Bedford MK41 7BJ:
    28 June – 1 July 16:00 – 17:30
    2 July 14:30 – 15:30
    3 July CLOSED

    The Village Pharmacy
    Meiklejohn Centre, Great Denham, Bedford MK40 4GH
    27 June – 2 July 9:00 – 18:00

    Over 16s walk-in sessions

    Bedford Heights
    Manton Lane Bedford MK41 7BJ:
    27 June CLOSED
    28 – 1 July 9:00 – 15:00
    2 July 9:00 – 14:00
    3 July CLOSED

    (Includes 3rd doses for immuno-suppressed people)

    Kidman’s Surgical Chemist
    141-143 Castle Rd Bedford MK40 3RS:
    27 June 9.00 - 12.50 and 14.00 -17.50
    29 June 9.00 - 12.50 and 14.00 - 17.50
    1 July 9:00 – 12:50

    (Includes 3rd doses for immuno-suppressed people)

    Janssens Pharmacy
    28 Ampthill Road Bedford MK42 9HG:
    28 June – 2 July 09.30 – 16.00
    (Includes 3rd doses for immuno-suppressed people)

    Meiklejohn Pharmacy
    141 – 143 Harrowden Road, Bedford MK42 0RU:
    27 – 29 June 9:00 – 18:00

    The Village Pharmacy
    Meiklejohn Centre Great Denham, Bedford MK40 4GH:
    27 - 2 July 09:00-18:00

  • Central Bedfordshire

    We run sessions for over 12s and those who are 16 and over… scroll down for over 16 sessions

    Over 12s walk-in sessions

    All 12 – 15 year olds must be accompanied by somebody with parental responsibility.

    Watling House
    High St North, Dunstable LU6 1LF:
    27 June CLOSED
    28 - 29 June 16:00-17:00
    1 July 16:00-17:00
    2 July 13:30-15:30

    Biggleswade Hospital
    Potton Road, Biggleswade, SG18 0EL:
    1 July 14:00 – 15:00

    Over 16s walk-in sessions

    Watling House
    High St North, Dunstable LU6 1LF:
    27 June CLOSED
    28 – 29 June 10:00 -15:00
    30 June 11:00 – 18:00
    1 July 10:00 – 15:00
    2 July 09:00 – 13:00
    3 July CLOSED

    Biggleswade Hospital
    Potton Road, Biggleswade, SG18 0EL:
    29 June 09:00-14:00
    1 July 14:00-15:00

  • Luton

    We run sessions for over 12s and those who are 16 and over… scroll down for over 16 sessions

    Over 12s walk-in sessions.

    All 12 – 15 year olds must be accompanied by somebody with parental responsibility.

    Redgrave Centre
    27 Redgrave Gardens, Luton LU3 3QN:
    27 June CLOSED
    28 June – 1 July 16:00 – 17:30
    02 July 14:00 – 15:30
    03 July CLOSED

    Luton Wellbeing Hub
    42-44 The Mall, Luton, LU1 2LP
    28 June – 29 June 16:00 – 17:00
    30 June  17:00 – 18:00
    01 July 16:00 – 17:00
    02 July 16:00 – 17:00
    03 July CLOSED

    Over 16s walk-in sessions

    Redgrave Centre,
    27 Redgrave Gardens Luton LU3 3QN:
    27 June CLOSED
    28 June – 1 July 16:00 – 17:30
    02 July 14:00-15:30
    03 July CLOSED

    (Includes 3rd doses for immuno-suppressed people)

    Luton Wellbeing Hub
    42-44 The Mall, Luton LU1 2LP:
    27 June CLOSED
    28-29 June 10:30-15:30
    30 June 11:30-16:30
    01-02 July 10:30-15:30
    03 July CLOSED

    Acorn Pharmacy
    138 Dallow Road, Luton LU1 1NE:
    27 June – 1 July 11:00-17:00
    02 July 9:00-13:00
    (Includes 3rd doses for immuno-suppressed people)

    Harris Pharmacy
    165 a/b Dunstable Road Luton LU1 1BW:
    28 June 09:30-16:00
    30 June -01 July 09:30-16:00

    (Includes 3rd doses for immuno-suppressed people)

    Warden Hill Chemist
    170 Barton Road Luton LU3 2BE:
    27 – 30 June 09:30-17:30
    01 July 09:30-14:30

    Halfway Chemist
    731 Dunstable Rd, Luton LU4 0DU:
    28 - 29 June 10:00-14:00
    01 - 02 July 10:00-14:00

    (Includes 3rd doses for immuno-suppressed people)

  • Milton Keynes

    We run sessions for over 12s and those who are 16 and over… scroll down for over 16 sessions

    Over 12s walk-in sessions

    All 12 – 15 year olds must be accompanied by somebody with parental responsibility.

    Midsummer Place (on the corner, opposite Next Home and Five Guys)
    Milton Keynes Shopping Centre, MK9 3GB:
    28-29 June 15:30-16:30
    02 July 14:00-15:30

    Over 16s walk-in sessions

    Midsummer Place (on the corner, opposite Next Home and Five Guys)
    Milton Keynes Shopping Centre, MK9 3GB:
    25 June 08:30-13:30
    28 June 9:30-15:00
    30 June - 01 July 10:30-19:30
    02 July 8:30-13:30

Children aged 5 – 11 years

Following Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) guidance, we are currently vaccinating all 5-11 year old children in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes. This includes those who are clinically extremely vulnerable or live in a household with immuno-suppressed occupants and has been happening through our SEND schools, one of the large vaccination centres or some community pharmacy sites.

Many of these vaccinations are being offered via booked appointments or walk-in sessions. Full details are on our dedicated children’s vaccination page.

Children aged 12-15 years

We are offering two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to all children aged 12 to 15 years.

The vaccines will provide protection to children and it may also help to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in the wider population. Parents or guardians of children aged 12 to 15 will receive letters from their child’s school who are offering the COVID-19 vaccine as part of its School Aged Immunisation Service (SAIS). Parents and guardians are also invited to attend a local vaccination centre with their 12 to 15 year old to get their vaccination outside of school.

View a list of local walk-in sites, alternatively you can book an appointment online via the National Booking System.

Some children who have a condition that means they’re at high risk from COVID-19, or live with someone who is likely to get infections, will be contacted when it’s their turn to get the vaccine and be offered a second dose, but in the meantime if you have any questions, please email [email protected]

Young people aged 16 and 17

We are offering two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to people aged 16 and 17.

Some children who have a condition that means they’re at high risk from COVID-19, or live with someone who is likely to get infections, will be contacted when it’s their turn to get the booster jab, 12 weeks after their second dose.

You can book your appointment at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now, or walk-in to one of our friendly walk-in clinics, with no appointment necessary.

People aged 18 and over

You can get your first, second and booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if you’re aged 18 or over. The offer of a vaccination is evergreen, so anyone who has who previously declined can still get their vaccine.

You can book your appointment at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now, or walk-in to one of our friendly walk-in clinics, with no appointment necessary.

People aged 18 or over should have their second dose from 8 weeks after their first dose.

Third primary dose vaccination

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that everyone aged 12 years and over, who was severely immunosuppressed at the time of their first or second COVID-19 vaccine doses, is offered a third vaccination dose (third primary dose).

This is different to a booster vaccination because there is evidence that some individuals who are immunosuppressed due to underlying health conditions or medical treatment may not mount a full immune response to their first two COVID-19 vaccinations. These patients are therefore being offered a third dose, ideally 8 weeks after their second dose and at a time of minimum immunosuppression, if possible. They will also be eligible for a booster 6 months later as well, so in effect will be given four doses of the vaccine.

Patients who are eligible for a third dose will receive an invite from the NHS. Once they have the letter they can either contact their GP practice for an appointment or they can walk in with their letter to one of our friendly walk-in clinics, with no appointment necessary.

More information is available at: JCVI issues advice on third dose vaccination for severely immunosuppressed – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Pregnant women

Women who are pregnant or think they might be, breastfeeding or trying for a baby or might get pregnant in the future. Read more about the vaccine and women of childbearing age.

Please book or walk-in to one of our friendly walk-in clinics, with no appointment necessary.

To help make the process a little easier, when a pregnant woman arrives at a drop-in session at one of the large vaccination centres they can make themselves known to a member of staff who will then fast-track them through so they don’t have to wait too long. This should be especially useful when centres are busy.

Help with transportation to a vaccination centre – taxi service

Have you have booked your COVID-19 vaccination or plan on attending one of our vaccination walk-up sites but find the cost of the travel a barrier to attending the appointment?

Our colleagues in Public Health recognise that the cost of travel can be a barrier to getting vaccinated. In an effort to improve vaccination uptake it is now possible to book a FREE taxi to and/or from your vaccination appointment or walk-in site.

The taxi service is available in:

Bedford Borough
Central Bedfordshire
Luton

In Milton Keynes there are two taxi services, please call and quote ‘MK Vaccine Service’ when booking your journey.:

MKHT: this service is operational between 9am – 8pm  Monday and Friday. Please call MKHT, on 07456 220525.

247 Taxiline: this service is operational 24 hours a day, Monday to Sunday, exclusions are 7am to 9am and 2pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday. The service can be booked via: 01908 676767.

Housebound people who need their vaccine/booster

If you are housebound you will be contacted by your GP who will arrange a visit. If you have not heard from them within the recommended timescale:

  • immediately for 1st dose
  • 8 weeks after 1st vaccination for 2nd dose
  • 3 months (91 days) since the second dose for the booster

please contact your GP Practice to request a visit.

COVID-19 Vaccination Leaflet

Download the leaflet in English
Download the leaflet in Polish
Download the leaflet in Romanian
Download the leaflet in Pashtu
Download the leaflet in Arabic
Download the leaflet in Farsi

COVID-19 vaccination posters

Download these posters that young people have developed with Woughton Community Council.

Public Health vaccination calls

The Public Health teams at Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes councils are calling local people who have not yet had their vaccine.

Whilst vaccination rates are good in BLMK, every vaccination counts in helping to protect us all. Since Wednesday 11 August, 2021, they have been calling unvaccinated residents to understand if there are barriers to them getting vaccinated that they can help with. Perhaps, the patient is not sure how to book, or they want some more information, or they want to talk to a GP.

The call handlers will not have access to the recipient’s medical records and will not be discussing any medical issues, but they can arrange for them to be called by a dedicated GP if they have any concerns.

If they are unable to reach the patient by phone, they will send a text message or email. The messages will be from this number 01462 754070 and will be marked from MK CBC Beds. Emails and SMS will clearly say they are from the local council.

The call handlers will not ask for any personal or financial information, however they will require personal details in order to book vaccinations using the national booking system. If anyone receives a call and has any concerns about whether it is from the team, please call 01462 754070 to check.

An equivalent service is currently being undertaken.

Vaccination text messages

You may also receive an NHS text message about your vaccination. Nationally, the NHS has been working with the government and mobile phone providers to send text messages to individuals. These are not managed by your local NHS. If you wish to stop receiving these messages, you can reply to the message with the word ‘STOP’.

Vaccination record queries

Vaccination records should appear in your medical records in GP systems within 48 hours of the entry into the point of care system.

If you believe there is information missing from your vaccination record (more than 48 hours after the vaccination event) or if you see incorrect information on the vaccine record, our team can investigate this for you.

The quickest way is to email: [email protected] with the following details:

  • Your name
  • Date of birth
  • NHS number
  • A photo of your vaccination card
  • Location of where you had your vaccines

And we can look into your query and get back to you.

Tell the NHS about coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you’ve had abroad

This service enables you to book an appointment to show evidence for any coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you’ve had outside of England. This is so the NHS can securely update your vaccination record.

Who can use this service?

You can use this service if you:

  • are aged 18 years old or over
  • have an NHS number
  • Have received one of these MHRA-approved vaccines outside England –
    • Oxford/AztraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
    • Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
    • Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
    • Moderna (Spikevax)
    • Institute of India (Covidshield)
    • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin)
    • SinoVac (CoronaVac)
    • Beijing Institute of Biological Products (Sinopharm BIBP)
    Sinopharm vaccine – If you received a Sinopharm vaccine, your evidence must show that it was manufactured by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products (BIBP). Other Sinopharm manufacturers are not accepted for this service.

To book an appointment to update your vaccination record visit the NHS website.

These appointments can be made at:

Watling House, High Street North, Dunstable LU6 1LF

Redgrave Centre, 27 Redgrave Gardens, Luton LU3 3QN

Luton Wellbeing Hub, 42-44 The Mall, Luton LU1 2TA

Bedford Heights, Manton Lane, Bedford MK41 7BJ

Downloads

Watch videos in a range of languages and British Sign Language about the importance of vaccinations

A guide for women who might get pregnant, who are pregnant or are breastfeeding their baby

An easy-read vaccination guide.

An easy-read guide on what to expect after your vaccination.

An easy-read vaccination consent form for adults.

A leaflet explaining why you may have to wait for the coronavirus vaccine.

A poster showing the priority list for the coronavirus vaccine.