Luton hits milestone
Health chiefs in Luton have revealed the latest vaccination statistics for Luton. The latest figures show that more than 350,000 COVID-19 vaccinations have been given in the borough. That means that over 67% of those eligible for a booster are now protected from becoming seriously ill.
While this news is welcomed, they warn that there remains a long way to go to ensuring the whole population are protected.
People across Luton, especially those 18-30 year olds who haven’t yet had their first or second dose or indeed their COVID-19 booster, are strongly urged to play their part in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic and helping us all get back to everyday life and adding to our local wall of defence.
With the new year in full swing, health leaders in Luton are urging everyone to get their COVID-19 booster and play their part in making 2022 the year that COVID restrictions have reduced impact on our lives.
The impact of not being vaccinated isn’t just felt on health and care services, it also has a knock-on effect on many other local services. The more people are vaccinated, the less chance there is of key workers in our communities being ill with COVID, or not able to work as they’re isolating or caring for others. And that impacts everyone’s quality of life.
Teachers, grocery deliverers, bar and restaurant staff, bin collectors, nurses, doctors, and hospital staff. From essential NHS workers who are caring for the sick, to those people in key jobs that keep our communities running smoothly, their ability to work is all affected by sickness and isolation associated with COVID. With more people vaccinated and protected, there is less chance people will need to be admitted to hospital with severe illness.
Sally Cartwright, Interim Director of Public Health at Luton Council, said: “Living with COVID and having restrictions on our lives will continue to impact us all if we don’t reduce the impact of the virus on our health and care systems, our education system, local government, and leisure and hospitality sectors.
“The latest data shows that by having your COVID-19 booster, you are more than 85% less likely to be hospitalised due to COVID-19. Vaccines are the best way to protect ourselves and our loved ones, and also reduce the disruption to our lives.
Geraint Davies, Senior Responsible Officer for the vaccination programme from NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We strongly encourage people who are eligible to come forward for their vaccination and play their part in helping to make 2022 the end of COVID restrictions impacting on daily life. And please don’t forget it’s not too late to have your first or second dose either.
“If you’ve held off getting the vaccine because you’re uncertain about its safety, I’d urge you to review the COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy information that has been developed by the British Society for Immunology. This internationally recognised organisation has developed an easy to digest COVID-19 vaccination guide that explains how the vaccines work and helps to address questions and concerns about their safety and efficacy. This information might just help you take the next step in getting vaccinated.”
Booking a vaccination appointment after you’ve had Covid
Health bosses are also reminding people that have had COVID over the festive period that they can book their first, second, or booster vaccination from 28 days after their infection.
You can book an appointment on the National Booking System around day 28 after your positive test result or find a walk-in clinic on the CCG website.
How to access a vaccination
The local NHS is working hard to support everyone to get their Covid vaccinations as smoothly and quickly as possible.
You can access a vaccination by:
- Making an appointment via the NHS national booking service online at nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or calling 119 (free), between 7am and 11pm seven days a week
- Attending an advertised walk-in site, find one at www.blmkccg.nhs.uk/drop-in
Both websites are updated every day, throughout the day so please keep checking back for more appointments and walk in locations.
In addition, the roving vaccination teams are continuing to visit housebound patients across the county and administer vaccinations to those that can’t attend clinics or walk-in sites.
A reminder of those who are eligible and should now come forward:
- 12-18 year olds can now get their second vaccination after three months from their first dose via booked appointment, some walk ins or at school from January onwards
- Anyone aged 18+ who had their second dose more than 12 weeks ago can get a booster by booking an appointment or going to and advertised walk in clinic
- Immunocompromised patients are now eligible for a fourth vaccine dose at three months after their third dose and will be contacted by their GP practice or can book an appointment or walk in if they are already at 12 weeks.
- Health and care workers and pregnant women can walk in without an appointment at any vaccination site for a first, second or booster dose. Please make yourself know to staff on site and you will be ‘fast tracked’.
First, second and booster vaccination appointments can be booked through the national booking service by visiting nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or telephoning 119.
Alternatively, search for a walk-in vaccination site here: www.blmkccg.nhs.uk/drop-in