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Coronavirus updates

Weekly COVID-19 update

weekly figures 27 October 2021

COVID-19 cases this week reach highest level ever recorded

Over the last week (week ending 27 October), new cases of COVID-19 in Central Bedfordshire have gone up to levels not recorded before, even higher than January this year. The number of new cases rose by 504 to 1,815  (617.1  cases per 100,000). The highest levels were recorded among 11-17 year olds. There were no deaths registered in our area in the last reporting week. 

The reports from our neighbours show a mixed picture across the area:

  • Bedford - 799 new cases, down 51  (457.4 cases per 100,000) with 1 death reported
  • Luton - 967 new cases, up 104 (452.9 cases per 100,000) with 5 deaths reported
  • Milton Keynes – 1,384 new cases, up 202 (512.2 cases per 100,000) and 3 deaths reported

Help us help the hospitals

Hospitals are under increasing pressure with both COVID-19 and other admissions, some of which are having to be treated in intensive care. Our local hospitals are seeing another increase in patients with COVID-19 and with the huge increase in cases this month this is likely to keep increasing.

Our hospitals are the last resort for people who are extremely ill, so the best thing we can do to keep the pressure off of them is to get vaccinated – get your 1st, 2nd and – when you are eligible – your Booster dose.

Find out about the vaccine and when you may be eligible for a booster 

Vaccine for 12-15s

Walk-in clinics for 12-15 year olds

Large vaccination centres across our area will be open for a special drop in event on Hallowe’en (October 31) to enable young people to get their vaccination as early and easily as possible.

Children in this age group are eligible for one dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Jabs have already been carried out in schools across the area. These drop-in sessions will vaccinate anyone who was unable to be vaccinated at school, those who are home schooled and anyone in the 12-15 age bracket that wants to be vaccinated outside of school.

The sessions are open from 4-6pm at the following locations:

  • Bedford Heights, Bedford
  • Watling House, Dunstable
  • The Redgrave Centre, Luton
  • Saxon Court, Milton Keynes

Between 4pm and 6pm, 12-15 year olds do not need an appointment they can just turn up to get their COVID-19 vaccine.  They must be accompanied by an adult with parental responsibility as nobody will be vaccinated without parental consent.

Parents or guardians are also able to book their child in for a single dose of the vaccine through the online booking service or they can ring 119.

Weekly reports

winter vaccine couple

Booster walk-in sessions

As long as you have proof that there have been at least six months (182 days) since your second vaccine, you can now walk into a variety of locations across the area to get your COVID-19 booster vaccination. There are plenty of sites that are offering drop in sessions with no appointment needed.

Find a walk-in centre

Missed your first or second dose? It’s never too late!

Anyone over 16 can have their first or second vaccination by using NHS walk-in centres to get their jab.  No appointment needed.  

Find a walk-in centre

You can book an appointment at a vaccination centre if you prefer.

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