Second vaccination centre opens in Bedford
The Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Covid vaccination programme continues following a strong start, as a further vaccination centre opens in Bedford.
The second centre run by family doctors and their teams opened today in Bedford (14 January), as the roll out of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history gains further momentum.
This means that both of the Primary Care Networks (PCN) in Bedford will have taken delivery and will start to deliver the vaccine to registered patients over 80.
Fully trained vaccinators will be administering the jab at Guru Nanak Gurdwara Temple in Ford End Road, Bedford, to ensure there is plenty of room for social distancing when waiting, as well as a recovery area, where people will be monitored for 15 minutes after the vaccination.
Dr Sarah Whiteman, the Medical Director and putative Chair of BLMK CCGs, said: “Delivery of the biggest ever NHS vaccination programme has been a huge undertaking so I am thrilled that we can now say we are administering vaccines to the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes footprint that we cover.
“I can appreciate that local people will be keen to get their jab as soon as possible, but we would ask that patients do not contact their practices at this time.
“GPs are working through their lists and making appointments according to the criteria provided by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.”
Cllr Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Health & Wellbeing, said: “I am delighted that the vaccination programme is expanding in the Borough. Getting all the eligible people vaccinated will be a marathon, not a sprint.
“It will take time to deliver the vaccine to so many people, so in the meantime I ask everyone to observe the lockdown rules and remember hands, face, space.”
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