Leighton Buzzard COVID Vaccination Centre has now vaccinated over 4000 people as at 24th January.
Brian Scott, Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire volunteer, has also been volunteering at the Leighton Buzzard Covid Vaccination Centra at the Rugby Club on Stanbridge Road, Bedfordshire LU7 9HR. Brian let’s us know what to expect when attending the centre for the vaccination.
You will be met on the drive by a volunteer who will check that you have an appointment, and ask if you have any mobility issues. There are a number of wheelchairs on site and if one is needed, the transport can stop right outside the centre entrance where there are more volunteers to help. When the patient is safely inside, or if help is not needed, then there is a large car park marshalled by yet more volunteers.
Once you get to the entrance, you will either be asked to wait a few moments in a heated marquee or you may go straight to reception where you will be booked in.
There are five vaccination pods, and a vaccinator. An administrator will check your details and ask about allergies, if you are feeling unwell etc. If all is well, you will receive the vaccination and be given a card with the vaccine information and date given. You will also be given a sticker with a time written on it (15 minutes after the injection) and you then wait in a heated, socially distanced, waiting area that is monitored by volunteers until that time has passed.
Patients should allow 30 minutes from arriving at the centre to leaving. There are a large number of friendly volunteers on site always ready to help.