Updated 12/1/2022

Yesterday, in BLMK 2,314 vaccinations were delivered across the region, 1,654 of which were boosters.

The offer of a vaccine on the NHS remains evergreen, and it is never too late to come forward for a first, second or third dose of the life-saving vaccine.

We have been made aware of some calls that appear to be a scam, so wanted to forewarn you. They come from a 0300 number, claiming to be from the NHS Vaccination Hub and claim that there is no record of vaccination and ask for date of birth, address details etc. Please do not give out personal details to an unknown caller.

Recent data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) showed that two doses of the vaccine are not enough to stop people becoming unwell from Omicron, but a booster significantly increases protection against the variant.

There is still time to get protected for those who have been putting it off or waiting for 28 days since a positive COVID-19 result.  There are around over three million appointments available online or over the phone (119) through the national booking service over the next week on top of those available locally.

Week commencing 03-Jan Delivered to date Bookings DNA Walk-Ins
Vaccination Centres 11,941 9,354 1,875 4,462
Community Pharmacy 13,207 13,066 2,558 2,700
Primary Care Networks 2,794 2,794 0 0
BLMK TOTAL 27,942 25,214 4,433 7,162


Last week there were over 4,400 ‘Did Not Attend’ (DNAs).  It is incredibly heart-breaking to see such a high number at a time when all our staff are working exceptionally hard to bring vaccinations to those that need them.

If you choose to walk-in to a centre after you have booked an appointment elsewhere, please remember to cancel it so that someone else can use it, and thereby ensuring that vaccines aren’t wasted.

To cancel is very easy.  If an appointment has been made through the National Booking System, it can simply be cancelled by revisiting the site which gives you the opportunity to manage your appointment, or it can be cancelled by calling 119.  If an appointment has been made at a GP practice because of an invitation by the GP then people should just call the practice and cancel their appointment as soon as possible.

Nationally, more than 40 million second doses have now been delivered by the NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, after a bumper week saw over 200,000 people come forward for their second jab.

Around one in every seven of the 1.5 million doses delivered last week were second doses, as people who had previously delayed getting their second jab continue to come forward.

Last week also saw more than 65,000 people aged 18 and over, step up and get their first dose of the COVID-19 jab.



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Vaccinating 5-11 year olds

As the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme continues at pace, BLMK are now working to offer first doses to at risk 5-11 year olds and those who are a household contact of someone with a weakened immune system, following recent JCVI advice. The NHS will contact this group to let them know when they can come forward for their jab. As the programme extends to “healthy” 5 – 11 year olds we will bring you more information.

Non-clinical volunteers needed

The local NHS is still looking locally for more volunteers to support in non-clinical roles in vaccination centres. To sign up visit: https://communities1st.org.uk/blmklrf, call: 0203940 4865 or email: volunteer@communities1st.org.uk

Help with transport to vaccination appointments

If you need transport to get to and from a vaccination appointment, or a walk-in session at a vaccine centre, Central Bedfordshire Council are working with a range of local operators who can provide free transport to and from vaccine centres.

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Beds RCC’s Community Transport team is one of these operators:

Call 01234 832 611 between 9am and midday Monday to Friday. Bookings can be made up to a week in advance with a minimum of two days before travelling. The customer or person calling on their behalf will need to provide a name, address, telephone number and an emergency contact/next of kin for each person travelling – it’s also useful to know if they have any mobility issues or health conditions.

For more information or to cancel or amend bookings call 01234 834 933 between 8.30am and 4pm Monday to Friday.