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

What's Next?

 
The Importance of Getting Your Vaccine

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective and it gives the public the best protection against coronavirus. We know that there are some people in our communities who are reticent to have the vaccine for religious or cultural reasons. We understand the thinking behind this but would like to reassure everyone that there is no reason to refuse the vaccine for religious reasons. All our Faith Leaders are keen to promote the fact that neither the Pfizer or the Astra Zeneca vaccine contain beef or pork. 

For those members of our community who would prefer to have the Astra Zeneca vaccine for cultural or medical reasons they can use one of the large vaccination centres at - 
Bedford Heights, Bedford
Priory House, Central Beds
Redgrave Children & Young People's Centre, Luton
and from Monday
Saxon Court, Milton Keynes

More centres will be opening over the next two to three weeks. To find the most up to date list of vaccination centres go to the BLMK website, which is updated each time a new centre opens.

BLMK Vaccination Sites - BLMK CCG

It is vitally important that everyone who is eligible has the vaccine so that we can stop this virus spreading amongst our communities.

We will also be providing a web leaflet for Faith and Community Leaders to put on their websites, followed by a printed leaflet to all our residents in the BLMK area.

 
Vaccine messaging by our GPs

Following on from last week when we acknowledged the significance of reaching all of our residents about how important it is to get the coronavirus vaccination when called.

We continue to bring you further messaging to be shared with your communities. The videos are hosted on our YouTube channel and we encourage you to share across your various social media and websites.

The next two are here:

Dr Dayo Kuku – English
 
Dr Linus Onah – English with BSL

In addition to these, here's a link to a series of videos in which health care professionals discuss the importance of COVID-19 vaccines and diabetes in multiple languages.
 
Covid-19 vaccines - YouTube

Vaccination numbers


NHS England has started publishing vaccination statistics on a weekly basis. These show the cumulative number of vaccinations carried out in a region. These are now split into more details age brackets than before.

The figures were published today, 4 February, and show that for Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes the numbers were - 

First Dose Vaccinations -     Under 70 - 44,434
                                              70 - 74      15,338
                                              75 - 79       22,422
                                              80+            33,779

Over 85% of all 80+ population have received their first vaccination

Second Dose Vaccinations - Under 70 - 648
                                              70 - 74         31
                                              75 - 79         43
                                              80+          4138

10.4% of all 80+ population have received their second vaccination

At this stage, figures are not published for individual areas within a region.

Covid Statistics for Bedford Borough

The following figures cover the 7 days up to 28 January 2021

Total positive cases - 731 decreased by 27.7%
Vaccination Rollout in Bedford

The latest large vaccination centre opened on Monday in Bedford. Bedford Heights welcomed through its doors pre-booked residents from 1 February. 

As with other large vaccination centres, people who fit the criteria set out by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation will have received a letter inviting them to make an appointment either by calling a national line or via a weblink.

At this stage, people aged over 75 are now within this criteria. It is important to make clear that if they prefer to attend a centre that is more local, they don't need to do anything, they will be contacted by their GP when appointments are available. They do not need to contact their GP.


If anyone has received a letter inviting them to book a vaccine appointment at Bedford Heights, don’t worry if there are no available slots.
 
As each time slot gets filled, the system waits to issue new appointments. We have shared messages with the public to please just keep trying and new slots will become available.
 
If Bedford Heights is too far to travel, the public can wait to hear from their GP who will offer slots at a Centre more local to them.

 

Covid Statistics for Central Bedfordshire

The following figures cover the 7 days up to 28 January 2021

Total positive cases - 718 decreased by 33.8%
Vaccination Rollout in Central Bedfordshire

Priory House at Chicksands opened today (4 February) as the latest BLMK vaccination centre. 

As with other large vaccination centres, people who fit the criteria set out by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation will receive a letter inviting them to make an appointment either by calling a national line or via a weblink.

At this stage, people aged over 75 are now within this criteria. It is important to make clear that if they prefer to attend a centre that is more local, they don't need to do anything they will be contacted by their GP when appointments are available. They do not need to contact their GP.

As with Bedford Heights, If they have received a letter inviting them to book their vaccine appointment at Priory House, they don’t need to worry if there are no available slots.
 
As each time slot gets filled, the system waits to issue new appointments. The public have been urged to just keep trying and new slots will become available.

Covid Statistics for Luton

The following figures cover the 7 days up to 28 January 2021

Total positive cases - 1061 decreased by 24.5%

Covid Statistics for Milton Keynes

The following figures cover the 7 days up to 28 January 2021

Total positive cases - 886 decreased by 34.4%
Vaccination Rollout in Milton Keynes

The next large vaccination centre is planned to open on 8 February at Saxon Court in Milton Keynes.

As with other large vaccination centres, people who fit the criteria set out by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation will receive a letter inviting them to make an appointment either by calling a national line or via a weblink.

At this stage, people aged over 75 are now within this criteria. It is important to make clear that if they prefer to attend a centre that is more local, they don't need to do anything they will be contacted by their GP when appointments are available. They do not need to contact their GP.
How do I know where my nearest Vaccination Centre is?

The latest two centres have been uploaded to the list on our website and details of the Saxon Court centre will go up next week, once it is live.

COVID-19 - BLMK CCG website Vaccination Centres
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