New COVID-19 vaccination centre opens in Luton
Luton residents aged 75 and over are amongst those being invited to book a coronavirus vaccination at Redgrave Children and Young People’s Centre from Tuesday 26 January. This is one of 32 new NHS vaccination centres that open this week in England.
The first seven large-scale centres, which can vaccinate thousands of people a week, opened two weeks ago with another ten opening last week. The latest openings mean there will be a network of almost 50 across the country.
People aged 75 and over are being invited to book a vaccination at these centres. If someone cannot or does not want to travel to a vaccination centre, they can still wait to have their vaccination at a local GP service or hospital hub.
People should only attend for a vaccination at Redgrave Centre if they have received a letter inviting them to book a vaccination and have already booked an appointment. Anyone attending for a vaccine appointment at Redgrave 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.
Health and social care staff working nearby will also be able to receive their vaccination at Redgrave Centre
The vaccination centre at Redgrave Children & Young People Centre 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 immunisation programmes in the East of England. The BLMK and HCT team has set the centre up with the support of Luton Borough Council, the Bedfordshire & Luton Local Resilience Forum and local volunteers.
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 a big 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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