NHS bosses have announced a new vaccination site at Farley Community Centre which has begun providing COVID-19 vaccinations to Luton residents. Health chiefs confirmed the relocation of the vaccination centre previously located at Inspire Gym, which ceased vaccinations on 25 June, to the Farley Community Centre, Delphine Close LU1 5RE.
NHS Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) confirmed that the site will be providing a walk-in vaccination clinic for the Pfizer vaccine for people aged 18 and over from 3 July. Local people will be able to drop in from that day, between 8.30am and 5pm, without an appointment, and receive their COVID-19 vaccination.
Once established the site will then operate as a bookable clinic meaning the public can schedule appointments via the National Booking Service.
The move of the vaccination site will see the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine being offered in a convenient location with improved onsite parking and reduced overhead costs.
Dr Sarah Whiteman, GP and Chair of BLMK CCG, said:
“We recently surpassed our one millionth vaccination in BLMK and we are hugely excited by the opportunity this new location gives to our vaccination teams
“I have been incredibly proud of the vaccination programme in our area. This new site further helps us to reach those members of our local community who have yet to take up the offer of a COVID-19 vaccination.
“We look forward to welcoming patients over the coming days and weeks.”
Cllr Khtija Malik, Portfolio Holder for Public Health at Luton Council, said:
“We’re delighted to have the support of the vaccination programme in our locality. The addition of the Farley Community Centre site in Luton will help make the uptake of this life-saving vaccine as easy as possible for our local residents. This site sits alongside the Redgrave Centre, pharmacy sites, and GP-led clinics.”
The Farley Community Centre vaccination team will be providing the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination between 8.30am and 5pm each day from Saturday 3 July. Local people who are aged 18 years over, or who are in priority cohort groups 1-10, can attend without an appointment and receive their first COVID-19 vaccination.
If vaccine supply on the day should be used up, people attending will be directed to other booking options to receive their vaccination.
The site brings the total number of vaccination points providing the COVID-19 vaccination in Luton to ten.
People eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine will be able to select one of these sites through the national booking system when there are appointments available or by dropping in during opening hours.
For more information about the local vaccination programme, visit www.blmkccg.nhs.uk/drop-in