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Health chiefs reveal refurbishment plans for Luton vaccination centre

Date: 05/05/2022 | Category: CCG News

An exciting refurbishment is taking place at The Old Post Office COVID-19 vaccination centre, 42-44 The Mall, Luton.

The vaccination centre is undergoing building works which will see upgrades to the existing site to better support Luton residents and their needs.  The building contractors have advised that vaccinating teams will not be able to work alongside the building renovations and as a result the building will close on Sunday, 8 May and reopen on Tuesday, 24 May 2022.

Despite the closure, residents will still be able to walk into the vaccination centre at Redgrave Children’s Centre (LU3 3QN) as well as a number of local pharmacies.

Boots Pharmacy (also in The Mall) is also providing vaccinations; however, these are provided on an appointment basis.  Those who wish to book an appointment can do so by calling 119 or through the NHS website.

Geraint Davies, Senior Responsible Officer for the vaccination programme for NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Since its initial opening the Old Post Office in Luton has provided thousands of COVID-19 vaccinations for local people.  I’m hopeful that when we reopen, after a short period of closure, the public will be pleased with the changes we have undertaken and the additional service we will offer.

“I would like to thank those involved in ensuring that the disruption for the public is kept to a minimum and we can reopen our site quickly to enable us to get back to protecting the public.

“In the meantime, I would remind Luton residents that it’s not too late to get vaccinated.  Your jab is waiting for you, whether it’s your first, second or booster.  We want everyone to benefit from the protection the vaccine offers.”

There remain many opportunities for those who wish to get their first, second or booster vaccines in Luton including walk-into the Redgrave Centre and many pharmacies in Luton, with no need to book.  Visit www.blmkccg.nhs.uk/drop-in for more information.

Luton Council provides the ‘Vaxi-cabs’ service to make sure that anyone is able to call a list of approved Luton cab drivers, and arrange for a visit to any vaccination site.  They can accommodate up to five and have carried out journeys with whole families and entire households.  These journeys can be either to or from the vaccination site as well as round trips.  Visit www.blmkccg.nhs.uk/drop-in for details.