Festival-Goers Urged To Get COVID Jabs

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Festival-goers in Houghton Regis will be able to get their COVID-19 vaccinations up to date this weekend (Saturday 3 September) as the local NHS jabs team visits the Houghton Rocks festival.

Amidst the live music, classic cars, stalls and rides, there will be an opportunity for anyone aged 12 or over, who hasn’t had all of their recommended COVID vaccinations, to get one.

New figures from the Office of National Statistics report that around 1.2 million people in England had COVID-19 during the week ending 16 August.

Geraint Davies, Senior Responsible Officer for the vaccination programme from NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Board, said:

“With an estimated 1 in 45 people getting COVID each week across the country, including in the local area, it’s vital that everyone makes sure their COVID vaccination status is up to date.  There are opportunities to do so all over Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, but why not come and see our friendly, professional staff at Houghton Rocks?”

Vicky Head, Director of Public Health for Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough & Milton Keynes, said:

“COVID-19 is still with us and although many vaccinated people may now experience milder COVID symptoms, this is still an infection that can cause severe illness in those who are vulnerable or unvaccinated.  The best way to protect ourselves and the people we love over autumn and winter is to make sure we receive all of our vaccinations.”

The vaccination van will be open between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm on Saturday 3 September. For further information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, visit our web pages.

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