Jabbed before Easter? Walk In and get your Booster
Health bosses across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) are urging people to come forward for their booster vaccinations – with a simple message: if you had your second jab before Easter, come forward!
So far, thousands of people have already been invited by text, email and letter encouraging them to book their booster jab through the national booking service. Now that message has been made easier as it has been confirmed that if a second COVID-19 vaccination was before 24 March 2021, you can attend for a booster.
Walk-in opportunities are now established across BLMK and anyone who received their second vaccine dose before 24 March 2021 can now drop into any of the pharmacies listed on the walk-in page of the BLMK website www.blmkccg.nhs.uk/drop-in.
Mark Coyne, 56, said “My mum, Philomena, 90, and I have had our booster and flu jabs at Denbigh Pharmacy. We both think it is very important to be as fully protected as we can be, especially as we enter Winter. I would encourage anyone to get their Booster as soon as they are invited.”
As long as someone meets the eligibility criteria and can confirm their second dose was before Easter 2021, they can join the tens of thousands of people in our area who are already taking advantage of this increased opportunity to boost their immunity to COVID-19.
Geraint Davies, Senior Responsible Officer for the Vaccination Programme, from Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group said “I am delighted that the opportunities to get your booster have increased with walk in provision. If you had your second jab before 24 March 2021 then come forward. It is essential that everyone has their booster. This is to make sure that your immunity is protected. It also helps to protect against any new variants that may appear.”
Sally Cartwright, Interim Director of Public Health, Luton Council said: “I cannot emphasise enough just how important the vaccine is in protecting our communities from the dreadful COVID-19 virus which has already taken the lives of too many people in our town.
“We know that the immunity that the vaccine provide starts to wane after six months which is why these booster jabs are so vital in keeping us all safe. We are pleased that there are walk-in options as this is something many of our residents have told us they prefer.”
Vicky Head, Director of Public Health Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Councils added: “Rates of COVID-19 infection across BLMK are high and continuing to rise. The vaccinations are doing a fantastic job of preventing severe illness and death from COVID-19, but we know that protection from the vaccine does drop over time. The booster vaccination gives those of us at greatest risk vital extra protection.”
To check if you had your second vaccination before 24 March, 2021, download and use the NHS App which has all vaccination dates logged. You must be over 50, a frontline health and social care worker, aged 16 – 49 with underlying health conditions and adult carers, or are an adult living in a household with someone who is immunosuppressed.
You will need to bring proof of eligibility (invite from NHS, letter from employer, confirmation from GP) together with proof of the date of your second vaccination.
If you don’t have these, you will be turned away until proof can be checked.
The booster is an important part of the vaccination process and will mean that immunity will be increased and last longer, protecting the individual and increasing protection for the wider community.