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Welcome to the fifth issue of the update on Covid information.
Bedford Borough
Central Bedfordshire
Milton Keynes

What's Next?

Translated messaging

The links below will take you to various translations of Professor Chris Whitty's message to the public.

With BSL:

We are also working on messages from local GPs across the region and will bring these to you very soon.

Patient Enquiry Line

A patient enquiry line has been established to help people who can’t find the answer to their vaccination query on the FAQ sheets on the CCG website
0300 7900 267

This help line cannot be used to discuss personal patient information or to book a vaccination appointment. It is another channel to keep people informed if they are uncertain about the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Covid Statistics for Bedford Borough

The following figures cover the 7 days up to 14 January 2021

Total positive cases - 1216 decreased by 23%

Vaccination Booking

In some areas in Bedford Borough, patients are being contacted by BEDOC (Bedford on Call), 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 14 January 2021

Total positive cases - 1299 decreased by 21.5%
Vaccination rollout in Central Bedfordshire

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 today, 21 January.

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

Patients who meet the criteria set by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation will be contacted by their practices and prompted to book via the national booking system for an appointment at their local site. They will be told which site name to look for and, as at all sites, vaccines may be given by a pharmacist, GP or nurse.

The main difference between these blended models and the PCN centres set up across the region, is that the patient needs to go through the national booking system for their appointment rather than booked direct by the practice.

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.

It is important that people only attend at either of these centres if they have received an invite from their GP and arrive at the time stated. People arriving early compromises social distancing and we need to keep everyone safe while they wait.

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

The next Mass Vaccination Centre is being opened on Monday 25 January at the Redgrave Children's Centre.

Luton residents who meet the criteria set by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation will be  invited to book a coronavirus vaccination at the Redgrave Centre.
Invitation letters have been sent to people who live within a 30 to 45-minute drive from the site explaining how they can book a slot – over the phone or online through the national booking service. This may mean that some people who have already received a letter about the Stevenage Centre will be contacted again. They do not have to attend if it is more convenient to go to their local centre run by their GP services. This will not affect when they are called.
The centres offer a convenient alternative to GP and hospital services and can each deliver thousands of vaccinations every week, scaling up and down according to vaccine supplies and demand.
The vaccination centre at Redgrave is one of a number of vaccination centres in the east of England, with many more expected to be up and running by the end of February.

Covid Statistics for Milton Keynes

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

Total positive cases - 2286 decreased by 7%
Mass Vaccination Centres

As you will have read, Luton are opening their mass vaccination centre on 25 January. This will be closely followed over the next few weeks across the region where we will eventually have at least one mass vaccination centre in each area.

We will keep you updated as each centre is finalised and goes live.
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