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COVID-19 vaccination programme

Have you received a call about your vaccination?

Public Health teams at Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes councils are calling residents who have not yet had their vaccine. 

Whilst vaccination rates are good in Bedford Borough, every vaccination counts in helping to protect us all.

We are calling unvaccinated residents to understand if there are barriers to you getting vaccinated that we can help with. Perhaps, you’re not sure how to book, you want some more information, or you want to talk to a GP. These are things we can help you with.  

We do not have access to your medical records and will not be discussing any medical issues, but we can arrange for you to be called by a dedicated GP if you have any concerns. 

If we cannot reach you by phone, we will send you a text message or email. The messages will be from 01462 754070 and be marked from MK CBC Beds. Emails and SMS will clearly say they are from Bedford Borough Council.

We will not ask you for any personal or financial information. If you receive a call and have any concerns about whether it is from us, call 01462 754070 to check.

Vaccination is one of the best ways to protect each other and stop the COVID-19 virus spreading.

COVID-19 vaccines available as booked appointments or as walk-ins

Free taxi rides

We are now offering free taxi rides for residents to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations

Who can get a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine?

People in the groups below can get a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

16 years and over

16 and 17 year olds in Bedford Borough can now get their COVID-19 vaccination at drop ins sites, with no appointment necessary. 

If you are aged 16 or over you can also book your COVID-19 vaccination via the National Booking System www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119.

If you are aged 16 or over and would like support to book a vaccination or have any questions about having it, please call 01234 718077 to speak to us.

It is also really important that people get their second vaccination when it is time. See the CCG website for information on second dose appointments and drop ins. 

Children and young people aged 12 to 15

This autumn all children aged 12 to 15 years are being offered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccinating children should help to reduce the need for children to have time off school and to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 within schools.

The COVID-19 vaccination programme in secondary schools will therefore provide protection to children who are vaccinated and help to reduce disruption to face-to-face education this winter.

Some children are being offered two doses of the vaccine if either:

  • they live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • they have a condition that means they're at high risk from COVID-19

See the types of conditions that mean your child may be at high risk

If your child is eligible for two doses of the vaccine, you will be contacted by a local NHS service (such as their GP surgery) to arrange their appointments.

Children who are 12 years old and over on the day the School Age Immunisation Service (SAIS) team visits the school, will be offered a vaccination as part of the in-school vaccination programme.

If your child is educated at home, you will be contacted by the SAIS team who will arrange appointments to dispense the vaccination.  

If you are concerned that your child may not be registered please check with your local education department, and make sure they are included in the programme.

If your child is 12-15 years and clinically vulnerable and he or she has not received an invite to get vaccinated, email blmkccg.covid.vaccinationsspoc@nhs.net.

See further information on the BLMK CCG website.

COVID-19 booster vaccine

You can book your COVID-19 booster vaccine dose online if you have been contacted by the NHS and you are either:

You'll only be able to book an appointment for a booster dose if it's been at least 6 months (180 days) since your second dose of the vaccine.

Find out more about the COVID-19 booster vaccine

People with a weakened immune system

A third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is being offered to people aged 12 and over who had a weakened immune system when they had their first two doses.

This includes people who had or have:

  • a blood cancer (such as leukaemia or lymphoma)
  • a weakened immune system due to a treatment (such as steroid medicine, biological therapy, chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
  • an organ or bone marrow transplant
  • a condition that means you have a very high risk of getting infections
  • a condition or treatment your specialist advises makes you eligible for a third dose
  • If you're eligible for a third dose, the NHS will let you know when and where to have the vaccine.

The third vaccine dose for people with a weakened immune system is not a booster dose.

Find out more about COVID-19 vaccination for people with a weakened immune system on GOV.UK

Your NHS number

To help speed up your vaccination appointment we ask you to bring your NHS number with you. You can find your NHS number on most correspondence from your GP surgery, hospital consultant, or on the NHS app (if registered).

You can also use the NHS Find Your NHS Number service.

NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for the vaccination programme for Bedford Borough.

There is lots of local information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Bedford Borough on the CCG's website, including frequently asked questions and about receiving your vaccine.

For detailed information about the approved COVID-19 vaccine go to the NHS website where most of your questions should be answered

Please contact CCG by writing to blmkccg.contactus@nhs.net if you have any queries about the vaccination programme in Bedford Borough.