NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (BLMK CCG) is delighted to announce the achievement that the millionth vaccination against Covid has been given in the region.
Since the vaccination programme started, hundreds of staff and volunteers have pulled out the stops across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes to deliver the vaccination programme in rugby grounds, churches and mosques, community centres and council halls, GP practices, hospitals, pharmacies and even a bus! This is in addition to the five large Vaccination Centres set up across the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.
Dr Ed Sivills, Medical Director at the CCG said: “It’s been a wonderful achievement to have seen so many of our population vaccinated. Our vaccination programme has been administered by a truly wonderful partnership between our primary care networks, community health providers and a large group of volunteers. We were delighted when we hit half a million first dose vaccinations; since then the number has risen steadily. Our attention has now turned to BLMK’s younger residents. I urge everyone to book their vaccination or use one of the walk-in opportunities.”
Dr Sarah Whiteman, Chair of the CCG said “The vaccinations have been administered by our brilliant GPs, the large vaccination centres, and now 32 pharmacies. All of this has been delivered with the support of a large group of volunteers who we can’t thank enough.”
“The millionth vaccination is a huge milestone and something for us to celebrate, we have come a long way in a short period of time. I am incredibly proud of what has been achieved and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the local vaccination programme, they are a credit to the NHS and to the patients we serve. In addition, our local authorities, sports and travel businesses have provided invaluable support. I would like to remind people to attend for their second dose of the vaccine as you need both doses to give you the maximum protection.”
All vaccination centres are on the BLMK website www.blmkccg.nhs.uk. Social media @BLMK_CCG, also updates regularly for opening times and drop-in clinics, and the latest opportunities to get your vaccine locally through pharmacies across the region.
Don’t be left behind – the NHS is now offering vaccines to everyone aged 18 and over, and as well as the drop-in sessions which can be found here www.blmkccg.nhs.uk/drop-in you can book your vaccination today by going online to www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or calling 119 between 7am and 11pm each day.