Walk-in appointments are now available for the Covid-19 booster jab.
So far, thousands of people have already been invited by text, email and letter encouraging them to book in through the national booking service.
Walk-in opportunities are now established across BLMK and anyone who received their second vaccine dose before May 25, 2021 and meets the eligibility criteria can now drop into any of the sites below:
Bedford Heights, Manton Lane, Bedford, MK41 7BJ. Walk-in clinics for 12-15-year-olds are also available at Bedford Heights. Youngsters must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Janssens Pharmacy, Ampthill Road, Bedford, MK42 9HG
Kidman's Surgical Chemist, Castle Road, Bedford MK40 3RS
Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, SG17 5TQ
Who is eligible?
The current criteria for the booster jab are:
> live in residential care homes for older adults
> all adults aged 50 years or over
> frontline health and social care workers
> all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (as set out in the green book), and adult carers
> adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals
> have proof that it is six months or more since their second dose
Geraint Davies, Director of Performance and Governance at NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group said: "We know that making access to vaccinations as easy as possible for the public, increases take up.
"I'm delighted to say we are now able to offer walk-in vaccinations for booster vaccinations for Covid-19.
"This means that to get that all important booster as we head into winter, local people can visit any of the vaccination centres in BLMK which includes large vaccination sites and community pharmacy sites.
“Alongside the offer of a flu vaccination, the local population can ensure they are protected for themselves and their loved ones before the winter period.”
Vicky Head, Director of Public Health Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Councils, added: "Covid-19 infection rates in BLMK remain very high.
"Vaccination has weakened the link between infection and serious illness but Covid-19 is still disrupting our lives and harming the most vulnerable. We know that protection from the vaccine does drop over time, and the booster vaccination will give those of us at greatest risk important extra protection.”
You will need to bring proof of eligibility (invite from NHS, a letter from your employer, or confirmation from your GP) together with proof of the date of your second vaccination.
If you don’t have these, you will be turned away until proof can be checked.