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It’s never too late to get your vaccination

Date: 03/11/2021 | Category: CCG News

Health chiefs from Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (BLMK CCG) are reminding everyone that anyone over the age of 16 can still come forward to get their first or second COVID1-9 vaccine.

There are so many ways that people can access the vaccination programme, either by going to one of the walk-in sessions, which can be found on the BLMK CCG website or the national Grab a Jab website. Alternatively, they can book their appointment via the National Booking System or calling 119.

If it is your first jab you only need to be over 16. You don’t have to be registered at a GP, just go to one of the drop-in centres and the vaccination teams will be able to assist.

If you’re attending for your second vaccination dose, then just make sure at least eight weeks have passed since your first one. It doesn’t matter if it is a longer gap.

Anyone who is struggling to get to any of the vaccine sites can use any of the different ways that local authorities and pharmacies have put in place.

All of them are free!

In Luton and Bedford you can call the Vaxi Taxi. Just go to the councils’ websites, www.luton.gov.uk and www.bedford.gov.uk for more details. In Central Bedfordshire the Flittabus shuttle is running special journeys, to Priory House in Chicksands from Ampthill and Flitwick. This service is funded by Cheeseman W & Son Pharmacy. To find out details of the service go to the BLMK website and look at the Vaccination Information page.

Geraint Davies, Senior Responsible Officer for the vaccination programme from Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCG said: “I would encourage anyone who hasn’t had their first or second dose to take advantage of the many opportunities there are across the whole locality. Don’t be embarrassed or feel you will be judged if you come forward now. Everyone will be pleased to see you and in a short visit you will help to protect yourself, your family and friends and the community”.

Vicky Head, Director of Public Health for Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Councils, agreed: “We are seeing a worrying rise in cases locally, including among older people who are more at risk of becoming severely unwell. I would urge anyone who still needs to get their first or second vaccination, and those of you who have been invited for your booster dose, to book or walk into any of the centres and get it done”

Sally Cartwright, Interim Director of Public Health for Luton Council said “Vaccination is so important to protect you and those you live with from covid.  Particularly as we approach winter months it is something we can all do to help keep rates low and our loved ones safe.  In Luton we have an offer of vaxi taxis to help anyone who struggles to travel to get to a vaccination site. Go to our website to read all about the scheme and which taxi firms are part of this initiative. They will pick you up from your home, take you to the vaccination centre and bring you home again. We really want as many people as possible to use this service and get their vaccinations.”

Full details on the vaccination programme running across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, visit: www.blmkccg.nhs.uk/covid-19