Vaccinations are underway in Central Bedfordshire with GPs and pharmacies working together to vaccinate their patients from the following sites:
- Shefford Health Centre
- Priory Gardens Surgery in Dunstable
- Leighton Buzzard Rugby Club
- Rufus Centre in Flitwick
- Weatherly Centre in Biggleswade
- Toddington Medical Centre
Expanding vaccination services into areas not yet covered by a vaccination site, Retrolink Pharmacy and Jardines Pharmacy in Bedfordshire are opening vaccination centres at The Rufus Centre in Flitwick and The Weatherley Centre in Biggleswade from 21 January.
These sites have been chosen to ensure there is plenty of room for social distancing when waiting, as well as a recovery area, where people will be monitored for 15 minutes after the vaccination.
The Rufus Centre is for patients registered with GP surgeries in the H for Health Primary Care Network (PCN) which brings together Cranfield & Marston Surgery, Flitwick Surgery, and Oliver Street surgery and the Hillton Primary Care Network which brings together Houghton Close Surgery, Greensand Surgery and Barton Le Clay (Dr Hughes & Partners) Surgery.
Whilst the Weatherley Centre covers the Ivel Valley North PCN which covers Ivel Medical Centre, Saffron Health Partnership, Sandy Health Centre and Greensands (Potton) Surgery.
Your GP will contact you when it is your turn to get vaccinated, via letter, phone or text, and you will be asked to book via the national booking system for an appointment at your local site.
People over 80 years of age and the clinically extremely vulnerable are being prioritised to get their vaccinations first along with care home staff and residents and some health and care workers. The priority list has been set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Different areas will finish vaccinating different priority groups at different rates, and then start moving on to the next priority group which includes people over 70 years of age. This will mean that some over 70s will be invited before others but please don’t worry, your turn will come.
Please help by waiting to be invited for your vaccination – do not contact your GP to ask or make an appointment if you haven’t been invited.
Vaccinations are also available at a regional centre in Stevenage. If you receive an invitation to get vaccinated at Stevenage but you don’t want to, or can’t travel that far don’t worry. You can decline this offer if you want to and wait for a local appointment but it might take a little longer.
What to do at your vaccination appointment
When you do get a time for your vaccination, on the day of your appointment please turn up on time. Don’t come early as there are limited waiting areas and people will be asked to leave and come back. This is important to ensure that social distancing is observed at all times and we want everyone to stay safe.
Frequently asked questions
We know that while you are waiting to hear about an appointment you may have some questions. Most of these can be found here on the BLMK CCG’s FAQ page, which is constantly updated.