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New COVID-19 vaccination centre opens in Biggleswade

Date: 10/03/2021 | Category: CCG News

Biggleswade residents aged 56 and over are amongst those being invited to book a coronavirus vaccination at Biggleswade Hospital, Potton St, from Monday 8 March. This is the final large vaccination centre to open in the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes area.

People aged 56-59 will receive a letter inviting them to be vaccinated.  The easiest way to arrange a vaccination is through the national booking service which can be accessed at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.

The system allows patients to choose a time slot and location that suits them.  Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.

Health and social care staff working nearby will also be able to receive their vaccination at Biggleswade Hospital.

If the Centre doesn’t appear as an option when trying to book, just keep trying. As more and more appointments open up the system will refresh itself over the forthcoming days.

Anyone attending for a vaccine appointment is asked to arrive just before the time of their appointment to avoid the need to wait to be seen and to help us maintain social distancing at the vaccination centre.

As well as the vaccination centres and pharmacy vaccination services, there are now more than 1,000 GP services and over 250 hospital sites offering vaccinations in England.

The vaccination centre at Biggleswade Hospital is being run by Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT) working with Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) partners, drawing on its proven track record of delivering local vaccination programmes in the East of England.

Volunteers from the Beds and Luton local volunteer service and the Fire Service have been crucial in setting up the site successfully.  As with other centres there are also several EasyJet staff who are a brilliant addition to the workforce and the Red Cross supplying wheelchairs. Finally, but just as importantly, the King’s Reach Pub, next door to the hospital, which has kindly offered their car park so that everybody can park close to the vaccination centre.

Dr Sarah Whiteman, the Medical Director and putative Chair of Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCGs said: “We have been working hard with our partner organisations in the lead up to opening the centre today. We can now welcome local people in the prioritised age groups with confirmed appointments to receive their vaccine, along with health and social care workers from across our area. This represents another step forward in helping to beat the COVID-19 pandemic. My sincere thanks go to everyone, volunteers, partners and NHS staff who have worked around the clock to deliver this programme.

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Notes to editors

People attending for a vaccine appointment at Biggleswade Hospital are asked to arrive just before the time of their appointment to avoid the need to wait to be seen.

Journalists wanting to visit the vaccination centre must take a rapid COVID-19 test before coming to the site

Please use the contact details below for details of how to do this.

For further information please contact the BLMK Comms Team on [email protected]