Weekly COVID-19 Snapshot
This week’s snapshot is showing 362 cases of COVID-19 found in Bedford Borough in the 7 days up to 23 May.
According to the most recent Government figures, Bedford Borough currently has the third highest COVID-19 rate in the country.
Surge testing is continuing in Kingsbrook, Cauldwell, Queens Park and Wixams. Please get a COVID-19 PCR test if you live, work or study in one of these areas. You can find out how on our website.
We are also urging residents to take a free rapid COVID-19 test twice a week. With approximately 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 showing no symptoms, rapid testing is an effective way of identifying the virus and stopping the spread.
Rapid tests are available across Bedford Borough, including at local libraries, local testing sites, participating pharmacies and can be ordered directly to your home through the government website.
NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Bedford Borough Council are urging eligible residents to get their first COVID-19 vaccine, as Bedford currently has the third highest COVID-19 rate in the country.
With the high rates of infection in the Borough now, it is really important that everyone who is eligible books their first appointment urgently. More appointment slots are being made available and, to make vaccination as easy and convenient as possible, there are now more locations where you can be vaccinated.
People aged 30 are now eligible for a jab and can book through the national booking service. People aged over 40 can even drop in to Bedford Heights without an appointment in a bid to vaccinate as many eligible people as possible and ensure nobody is left behind.
If this is your first vaccination, the routes are as follows:
- If you are aged 30 or over or clinically vulnerable, you can be vaccinated at the Bedford Heights site:
- Book via the National Booking System portalor call 119
- If you are aged 40 or over, you can drop in to Bedford Heights without an appointment between 8.30am and 3.00pm each day.
If you prefer, you can be vaccinated at King’s House or the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Temple. These vaccinations will need to be booked and a special hotline has been set up for this. You must book an appointment online or call 01234 718077.
- To be eligible you must be:
- Aged 30 or over, or clinically vulnerable, or
- Provide care for someone, or
- We can offer grouped appointments for household members to be vaccinated at the same time.
If you think you might be eligible but you’re not sure, please call to speak to the CCG.
It is also really important that people get their second vaccination when it is time, to ensure the maximum protection from COVID-19. Information on second dose appointments is available on the CCG’s website.