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Health chiefs in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes are urging people to get ready for travel abroad by booking or walking in to get their COVID-19 vaccinations in plenty of time.
It comes as the travel industry sees high numbers of bookings for half term, Easter or summer breaks.
After an almost two-year hiatus, booking a holiday abroad is likely to be a priority for many, but people will need to show proof of vaccination before they are able to travel and enter another country.
It means those who have not yet been fully protected will be unable to enjoy an overseas travel experience. This will also affect people who may have to travel abroad urgently for family or compassionate reasons.
Dr Sarah Whiteman, GP and Chair of NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group said: “In recent weeks, we have received requests for early second or booster COVID-19 jabs to be administered. The reasons vary, but a number relate to people needing to travel abroad, at short notice, to visit vulnerable members of their family. While we remain extremely sympathetic under these circumstances, we are bound by the clinical guidelines laid down by the Green Book. This document, from the UK Health Security Agency, outlines the dosage and schedule for the UK and makes recommendations for the use of the vaccine. These need to be adhered to and therefore cannot be changed.
“Life can throw many unexpected challenges at us at any time. If there is a sudden reason where travel abroad is needed, vaccination from COVID-19 is often a requirement. As a GP, I would strongly encourage everyone, whether it is for holiday or other reasons to make sure they have started their vaccination journey as soon as possible so they can fit all three doses in.”
There are over 60 vaccination clinics such as the large vaccination centres, pharmacies, a shopping centre and football club across the region and they can either be booked or people can take advantage of the walk-in facilities offered by many of them. To book just go on-line or call 119. To use the convenience of a walk-in facility visit the national Grab a Jab site or the local BLMK website to see the nearest one to you and its opening times.