As Bedford Today revealed two weeks ago, the Covid vaccinations will start this week (January 4).
The programme will run out of two centres for all Bedford patients:
*Kings House Conference Centre on Ampthill Road
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*Guru Nanak Gurdwara Temple on Ford End Road, Queens Park
You will need two appointments, 21 days apart, as all GP surgeries will be using the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine – both appointments will be booked when your practice contacts you, so wait for the call.
The first group of patients to receive the jab will be those aged 80 and over.
Make sure your GP practice has your up-to-date mobile number, in case there are any delivery issues.
Here are some basic do's and don'ts ahead of your appointment:
*Arrive at the time of your appointment – not too early or late, as this is a complicated process and timing is going to be a challenge
*Wear a short-sleeved top under your coat, so that the vaccination team have easy access to your arm
*Wear a face mask or covering.
*Attend on your own, unless you need someone with you for support, to minimise the number of people present
*If you have ever had an anaphylactic reaction (eg facial swelling after eating or drinking, or taking medication) – you must not have this particular Pfizer vaccination, and will need to wait for another type of vaccination once it has been approved