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Welcome to the fourth issue of the update on Covid information.

Following feedback from you, we are segmenting the update into areas so that you can see at a glance what is relevant to you.
BLMK
Bedford Borough
Central Bedfordshire
Luton
Milton Keynes

What's Next?
Vaccination Centres

On Saturday 9 January, national letters were sent to all people over 80, who lived within 45 minutes from a Centre, inviting them to call to make an appointment for their Covid-19 vaccination. The letters asked residents to book their appointment either by calling through to a national number, or visiting a website.
 
Residents in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes were signposted to a regional vaccination centre at Robertson House in Stevenage, which is the first vaccination centre to open up in the East of England.
 
Residents do not have to attend this centre. There are vaccination centres closer to home in Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, should residents wish to stay closer to home for their vaccination.  It is just one of the ways you can get a vaccination that is being offered by the NHS.
 
We understand that this has caused concern with residents locally and we have escalated these concerns to NHSE. Our Communications and Engagement team has been busy over the weekend communicating with residents to answer their concerns. Residents who wish to have their vaccination closer to home will be contacted by a GP to offer them a vaccination appointment. This might be at a local Primary Care Network site (which are sites operated by groups of GPs), or at a vaccination centre, as they open up in our area.  
 
Messages have also been put onto our website, our Twitter pages and Facebook sites.
 
We would ask that while people await their vaccination they continue to maintain social distancing and hands, face, space.

Covid Statistics for Bedford Borough

The following figures cover the 7 days up to 7 January 2021

Total positive cases - 1570 increased by 6%

Covid-19 Vaccine Roll out in Bedford Borough

2nd vaccination centre opens in Bedford

The second centre run by family doctors and their teams opens in Bedford on 14 January, as the roll out of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history gains further momentum.

This means that all of the Primary Care Networks (PCN) in Bedford will have taken delivery and will start to deliver the vaccine to registered patients over 80.

Fully trained vaccinators will be administering the jab at Guru Nanak Gurdwara Temple in Ford End Road, Bedford, 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.

Vaccination Booking

In some areas in Bedford Borough, patients are being contacted by Bedoc, rather than their own GP surgery with an appointment.

This is an arrangement that has been agreed by some surgeries. These appointments are genuine, and any queries should be addressed to Bedoc, not a patient’s own surgery.

Covid Statistics for Central Bedfordshire

The following figures cover the 7 days up to 7 January 2021

Total positive cases - 1646 decreased by 8%
Vaccination rollout in Central Bedfordshire

Leighton Buzzard will be contacting patients over 80 to attend Leighton Buzzard Rugby Club for their first vaccinations from 15 January onwards.

Titan Primary Care Network will be going live on 16 January, inviting patients to attend Toddington Medical Centre.

Please can you send out the message that people should only attend if invited and should arrive on time. We are trying to avoid people arriving too early as this causes difficulties with social distancing, and we want to keep everyone safe.

Covid Statistics for Luton

The following figures cover the 7 days up to 7 January 2021

Total positive cases - 1974 increased by 25%
Vaccination Rollout in Luton

Hatters and Oasis PCNs are going live this week, delivering vaccinations from Leagrave Centre from 15 January.

This means that all PCNs in Luton will be live and delivering vaccines by the end of the week.

Please can you send out the message that people should only attend if invited and should arrive on time. We are trying to avoid people arriving too early as this causes difficulties with social distancing, and we want to keep everyone safe.

Covid Statistics for Milton Keynes

The following figures cover the 7 days up to 7 January 2021

Total positive cases - 2286 decreased by 7%

Vaccination rollout in Milton Keynes

Ascent PCN  are going live on 15 January delivering vaccinations from Apslands Medical Centre.

The Watling Street Primary Care Network are live from 16 January and are using the Whitehouse Medical Centre to deliver vaccines to their patients aged over 80.

On the same day, 16 January, The Bridge PCN goes live and are inviting patients to the Newport Pagnell Medical Centre.


Please can you send out the message that people should only attend if invited and should arrive on time. We are trying to avoid people arriving too early as this causes difficulties with social distancing, and we want to keep everyone safe.

This means by the end of next week all PCNs in Milton Keynes will be delivering vaccines to the patients with the highest priorities.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled a list of the questions that are asked most frequently which can be found here. This is an evolving document and will be updated when new questions come in.

We promised to let you know when this was updated and this is now happening 2 or 3 times a week. The latest update is always found on the same link and the date will show you the last time we added to it.


The FAQs specifically aimed at Social Workers and other staff are now live and can be found on the same link.
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