Vaccinations for COVID-19 | Central Bedfordshire Council

Vaccinations for COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccinations

The NHS is responsible for the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines and will be in touch with you when it’s your turn to be vaccinated.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of you suffering from COVID-19 disease. It may take a few weeks for your body to build up protection from the vaccine. The vaccine has been shown to be effective and no safety concerns were seen in studies of more than 20,000 people.

The vaccine will be provided free to all UK residents. You will not be charged and can only get it through the NHS. Please do not agree to any vaccination where you will be charged. These are not genuine vaccinations and could cause harm.

The NHS will never ask for your bank details, or just turn up on your doorstep offering the vaccine. These are fraudulent activities.

Who can get a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine?

People in the groups below can get a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

People aged 18 and over

You can get the COVID-19 vaccine if you're aged 18 or over.

You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now, or wait to be invited to go to a local NHS service.

Book your COVID-19 vaccination appointments

Find out more about who can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Where can I get vaccinated?

View vaccination sites on Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCG's website.

If you are eligible for the vaccination, you may be invited by your GP to make an appointment at their vaccination centre.  

Alternatively, you can book online through the national booking service.

The system allows you to choose a time slot and location that suits you.

Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week.

If you have queries about your appointment, please contact the patient helpline on 0300 7900 267.

Further information

If you need more information, please visit the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCG website.

If you can’t find your answers there, you can call the Patient Enquiry Helpline on 0300 7900 267.

Please note this helpline cannot be used to discuss personal patient information or to book a vaccination appointment.

Transport

You can plan your journey by public transport – the journey planner is up to date with changes to routes and timetables.

Where possible, local public bus services that pass vaccination centres will be diverted to either enter the site or stop very close by where this facility does not currently exist.

Local transport businesses and volunteers have offered to take those who have no access to a transport or someone to help them to the centres.

Dial-a-ride

Dial-a-ride operators have confirmed they will offer free transport to the local vaccination centres in their areas. South Beds Dial-a-Ride and BRCC can offer trips to the Stevenage centre (charges apply).

Please note, the number of vehicles available are limited, so booking for transport will be based on a first come first served basis and at the discretion of the operators. Dial-a-ride operators (South Beds Dial-a-Ride and BRCC) can offer transport to vaccinations at weekends if required.

Find out how to book a Dial-a-ride for a vaccination appointment.

Leighton Buzzard Voluntary Patient Transport

The Leighton Buzzard Voluntary Patient Transport (LBVPT) provides transport for the elderly and vulnerable to and from local hospitals and vaccination centres.

The service is available to those who do not qualify for NHS non-emergency transport or are unable to go to hospital appointments by any other means.

LBVPT asks for a donation to cover the cost of providing the service.

Further information on using this service can be found on their website Leighton Buzzard Voluntary Patient Transport (LBVPT or by emailing lbvpt@outlook.com.

Telephone: 07873 497633 – 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

Volunteering groups

We have a network of volunteer-led groups and local Good Neighbour Schemes with volunteer drivers who can assist vulnerable residents to attend their vaccination appointment if they don’t drive, or have family close-by, or a support bubble that can’t help them or they cannot afford a taxi. Find out more about good neighbour schemes in Bedfordshire.

Mutual Aid groups can also help but please note that the types of support available from each group may be slightly different. Visit the CVS website to find a list of groups in your area.

Good Neighbour Groups and Mutual Aid groups can also assist vulnerable residents with shopping, collecting medication and checking you are OK.