Vaccination Appointments, Walk-in Sessions and information

Vaccination Appointments, Walk-in Sessions and information image

Home » COVID-19 » Vaccination Appointments, Walk-in Sessions and information

Across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes we have almost 40 COVID-19 vaccination sites.  These range from pharmacies and large vaccination centres to community venues and mobile outreach.  They are offering sessions to deliver the first, second, and seasonal booster (autumn booster) doses to those that are eligible.

COVID-19 vaccination – what can you get?

Everyone born on or before 31 August 2017 can get a first and second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

People aged 5 and over who had a severely weakened immune system when they had their first two doses, will be offered a third dose before any booster doses.  You are likely to have been contacted by your family doctor or another NHS service if this applies to you.

Some people – including those aged 50 or over, those at higher risk, and frontline health and social care workers – will be offered a seasonal booster (autumn booster).  If you are eligible then you may be invited to book once it is your turn.  Once you have been contacted, you can go to any centre which is offering vaccinations.

You can book a seasonal booster dose (autumn booster) of the COVID-19 vaccine if you are:

  • aged 65 or over;
  • pregnant;
  • aged 5 and over and at high risk due to a health condition;
  • aged 5 and over and at high risk because of a weakened immune system;
  • aged 5 and over and live with someone who has a weakened immune system;
  • aged 16 and over and a carer, either paid or unpaid;
  • living or working in a care home for older people;
  • a frontline health and social care worker.

If you are pregnant, you may also be eligible for an autumn booster. You can get more information on COVID and pregnancy.  You may be invited for a vaccination by your family doctor or by another NHS service, but if you do not receive an invitation (for example, if you have not yet informed your family doctor that you are pregnant), you can also book an appointment yourself.

The spring booster programme has now ended.

How to get your COVID-19 vaccination

You can book online via the National Booking System, to book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccine  or call 119 for free between 8am and 8pm.

For information on walk-in sites available near you visit www.nhs.uk/vaccine-walk-in

People eligible for their COVID-19 booster jab are also invited to walk-in to one of our friendly, local walk-in clinics with no appointment necessary.

The vaccine offer is evergreen, so if you are eligible and want your first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine then you can book or walk in now.

Here is our regularly updated list of the local sites which are offering walk-in vaccinations at present:

  • Bedford Borough

    Bedford Borough

    We run sessions for 12-15 year-olds and those who are aged 16 and over… scroll down for over-16 sessions.

    12-15 years old walk-in sessions
    [All 12-15 year olds must be accompanied by somebody with parental responsibility. In addition to any walk-in sessions, you may be able to book an appointment via the national booking service, subject to availability.]

    Bedford Heights
    Manton Lane, Bedford, MK41 7BJ
    We have no walk-in availability for this age group at this venue this week. You may be able to book an appointment via the national booking service, subject to availability.

    Over-16s walk-in sessions
    [In addition to any walk-in sessions, you may be able to book an appointment via the national booking service, subject to availability.]

    Bedford Heights
    Manton Lane, Bedford, MK41 7BJ
    Please book an appointment via the national booking service above.

    Janssens Pharmacy
    28 Ampthill Road, Bedford MK42 9HG
    3 October 09:00-16:00
    4 October 09:00-16:00
    5 October 09:00-16:00
    6 October 09:00-16:00
    7 October 09:00-16:00
    8 October 09:00-16:00

    Kidman’s Surgical Chemist
    141-143 Castle Road, Bedford MK40 3RS
    3 October 09:00-12:50 and 14:00-17:50
    4 October 09:00-12:50 and 14:00-17:50
    5 October 09:00-12:50 and 14:00-17:50
    6 October 09:00-12:50 and 14:00-17:50
    7 October 09:00-12:50 and 14:00-17:50
    [includes 3rd doses for immuno-suppressed people]

  • Central Bedfordshire

    Central Bedfordshire

    We run sessions for 12-15 year-olds and those who are aged 16 and over… scroll down for over-16 sessions.

    12-15 years old walk-in sessions
    [All 12-15 year olds must be accompanied by somebody with parental responsibility. In addition to any walk-in sessions, you may be able to book an appointment via the national booking service, subject to availability.]

    Please book an appointment via the national booking service above.

    Over-16s walk-in sessions
    [In addition to any walk-in sessions, you may be able to book an appointment via the national booking service, subject to availability.]

    We have drop-in sessions at the following venues this week:

    • Tuesday 4 October, 8:30am-3:30pm: Leighton Buzzard Library, Lake Street, Leighton Buzzard LU7 1RX
    • Thursday 6 October, 9:00am-4:00pm: St Mary’s Church, West Street, Dunstable LU6 1NY
    • Friday 7 October, 8:30am-3:30pm: Flitwick Village Hall, Dunstable Road, Flitwick MK45 1HP
    • Saturday 8 October, 9:00am-4:00pm: St Mary’s Church, West Street, Dunstable LU6 1NY

     

     

  • Luton

    Luton

    We run sessions for 12-15 year-olds and those who are aged 16 and over… scroll down for over-16 sessions.

    12-15 years old walk-in sessions
    [All 12-15 year olds must be accompanied by somebody with parental responsibility. In addition to any walk-in sessions, you may be able to book an appointment via the national booking service, subject to availability.]

    Luton Wellbeing Hub
    42-44 The Mall, Luton, LU1 2TA
    We have no walk-in availability for this age group at this venue this week. You may be able to book an appointment via the national booking service, subject to availability.

    Over 16s walk-in sessions
    [In addition to any walk-in sessions, you may be able to book an appointment via the national booking service, subject to availability.]

    Luton Wellbeing Hub
    42-44 The Mall, Luton, LU1 2TA
    Please book an appointment via the national booking service above.

    Acorn Pharmacy
    138 Dallow Road, Luton LU1 1NE
    30 September 09:00-17:45
    1 October 09:00-13:00
    3 October 08:30-17:45
    4 October 08:30-17:45
    5 October 08:30-17:45
    6 October 08:30-17:45
    7 October 08:30-17:45
    8 October 09:00-13:00
    [includes 3rd doses for immuno-suppressed people]

    Denbigh Pharmacy
    60 Denbigh Road, Luton LU3 1NR
    30 September 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-18:00
    1 October 10:00-13:00
    2 October 10:00-13:00
    3 October 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-18:00
    4 October 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-18:00
    5 October 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-18:00
    6 October 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-18:00
    7 October 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-18:00
    8 October 10:00-13:00
    9 October 10:00-13:00
    [includes 3rd doses for immuno-suppressed people]

    Harris Pharmacy
    165a/b Dunstable Road, Luton LU1 1BW
    3 October 09:00-13:00
    4 October 09:00-16:00
    5 October 09:00-16:00
    6 October 09:00-16:00
    7 October 09:00-16:00
    8 October 10:00-12:00

  • Milton Keynes

    Milton Keynes

    We run sessions for 12-15 year-olds and those who are aged 16 and over… scroll down for over-16 sessions.

    12-15 years old walk-in sessions
    [All 12-15 year olds must be accompanied by somebody with parental responsibility. In addition to any walk-in sessions, you may be able to book an appointment via the national booking service, subject to availability.]

    Midsummer Place Shopping Centre 
    (opposite Next Home & Beauty, near the Frog Clock), Milton Keynes, MK9 3GB
    We have no walk-in availability for this age group at this venue this week. You may be able to book an appointment via the national booking service, subject to availability.


    Over-16s walk-in sessions
    [In addition to any walk-in sessions, you may be able to book an appointment via the national booking service, subject to availability.]

    Midsummer Place Shopping Centre 
    (opposite Next Home & Beauty, near the Frog Clock), Milton Keynes, MK9 3GB
    Please book an appointment via the national booking service above.

Children’s vaccinations for COVID-19

Vaccinations are available for children born on or before 31 August 2017, and they are now able to receive their primary COVID-19 vaccination course. Many of these are being offered via booked appointments or walk-in sessions. Full details are on our dedicated children’s vaccination page.

Pregnant women

If you are pregnant (or think you might be), are breastfeeding, trying for a baby or may get pregnant in the future, there is information about the vaccine and women of childbearing age.

If you think you are eligible, please book or walk-in to one of our friendly walk-in clinics, with no appointment necessary.

To help make the process a little easier, when a pregnant woman arrives at a drop-in session at one of the large vaccination centres they can make themselves known to a member of staff who will then fast-track them through so they don’t have to wait too long. This should be especially useful when centres are busy.

Help with transport to a vaccination centre – taxi service

Have you have booked your COVID-19 vaccination or plan on attending one of our vaccination walk-up sites but find the cost of the travel a barrier to attending the appointment?

Our colleagues in Public Health recognise that the cost of travel can be a barrier to getting vaccinated. In an effort to improve vaccination uptake it is now possible to book a FREE taxi to and/or from your vaccination appointment or walk-in site. The taxi service is available in:

The taxi service is available in:

Bedford Borough
Central Bedfordshire
Luton

In Milton Keynes there are two taxi services, please call and quote ‘MK Vaccine Service’ when booking your journey.:

MKHT: this service is operational between 9am – 8pm  Monday and Friday. Please call MKHT, on 07456 220525.

247 Taxiline: this service is operational 24 hours a day, Monday to Sunday, exclusions are 7am to 9am and 2pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday. The service can be booked via: 01908 676767.

Housebound people who need their vaccine/booster

If you are housebound, you will be contacted to arrange a home visit.  Please make sure you check the identity of anyone you allow into your home.  Our NHS workers will be pleased to wait while you confirm their identity.

Please remember there should be a space of at least 91 days since your last COVID-19 vaccination.

COVID-19 Vaccination Leaflet

Download the leaflet in English
Download the leaflet in Polish
Download the leaflet in Romanian
Download the leaflet in Pashtu
Download the leaflet in Arabic
Download the leaflet in Farsi

COVID-19 vaccination posters

Download these posters that young people have developed with Woughton Community Council.

Public Health vaccination calls

The Public Health teams at Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes councils are calling local people who have not yet had their vaccine.

They have been calling unvaccinated residents to understand if there are barriers to them getting vaccinated that they can help with. Perhaps the patient is not sure how to book, or they want some more information, or they want to talk to a GP.

The call handlers will not have access to the recipient’s medical records and will not be discussing any medical issues, but they can arrange for you to be called by a dedicated GP if you have any concerns.

If the team is unable to reach the patient by phone, they will send a text message or email. The messages will be from this number 01462 754070 and will be marked from MK/CBC/Beds. Emails and SMS will clearly say they are from the local council.

The call handlers will not ask for any personal or financial information, however they will require personal details in order to book vaccinations using the national booking system. If you receive a call and have any concerns about whether it is from the team, please call 01462 754070 to check.

Vaccination text messages

You may also receive an NHS text message about your vaccination. Nationally, the NHS has been working with the government and mobile phone providers to send text messages to individuals. These are not managed by your local NHS. If you wish to stop receiving these messages, you can reply to the message with the word ‘STOP’.

COVID-19 payment scams

There is also a scam text going round which asks someone who may have had close contact with somebody who has COVID-19 to call a premium number.

The NHS will NEVER ask you to use a premium rate number, make a payment or ask for your card details.

If you receive a text or email, please report this to [email protected] or forward texts, for free, to 7726

Vaccination record queries

Vaccination records should appear in your medical records in GP systems within 48 hours of the entry into the point of care system.

If you believe there is information missing from your vaccination record (more than 48 hours after the vaccination event) or if you see incorrect information on the vaccine record, our team can investigate this for you.

The quickest way is to email [email protected] with the following details:

  • Your name
  • Date of birth
  • NHS number
  • A photo of your vaccination card
  • Location of where you had your vaccines

We can look into your query and get back to you.

Tell the NHS about coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you’ve had abroad

This service enables you to book an appointment to show evidence for any coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you’ve had outside of England. This is so the NHS can securely update your vaccination record.

Who can use this service?

You can use this service if you:

  • are aged 5 years old or over
  • have an NHS number
  • have received one of these MHRA-approved vaccines outside England –
    • Oxford/AztraZeneca (Vaxzevria)
    • Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)
    • Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)
    • Moderna (Spikevax)
    • Institute of India (Covidshield)
    • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin)
    • SinoVac (CoronaVac)
    • Beijing Institute of Biological Products (Sinopharm BIBP)
    Sinopharm vaccine – If you received a Sinopharm vaccine, your evidence must show that it was manufactured by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products (BIBP). Other Sinopharm manufacturers are not accepted for this service.

To book an appointment to update your vaccination record visit the NHS website.

These appointments can be made at:

Watling House, High Street North, Dunstable LU6 1LF

Redgrave Centre, 27 Redgrave Gardens, Luton LU3 3QN

Luton Wellbeing Hub, 42-44 The Mall, Luton LU1 2TA

Bedford Heights, Manton Lane, Bedford MK41 7BJ

Midsummer Place (opposite Next Beauty & Home and Five Guys, near the Frog Clock), Milton Keynes MK9 3GB

Downloads

Watch videos in a range of languages and British Sign Language about the importance of vaccinations

A guide for women who might get pregnant, who are pregnant or are breastfeeding their baby

An easy-read vaccination guide.

An easy-read guide on what to expect after your vaccination.

An easy-read vaccination consent form for adults.

A leaflet explaining why you may have to wait for the coronavirus vaccine.

A poster showing the priority list for the coronavirus vaccine.