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Anyone aged 40 and over can walk into a number of vaccination centres across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes this week without the need for an appointment. For the first time in the area’s local vaccination...
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Pupils will no longer be required to wear face coverings in schools and colleges from 17 May 2021, the Prime Minister has confirmed. In a press conference held today (10 May 2021), the Prime Minister announced...
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NHS staff from Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and local GPs have produced a video urging their local community to join them in getting vaccinated against COVID-19. The Foundation Trust said that over 450,000 people across...
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Residents will be able to leave care homes for low-risk visits without needing to self-isolate on their return All care home residents will be able to participate in more out-of-home visits without having to isolate on...
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The rollout of COVID vaccines to Central Bedfordshire residents in their early 40s may be slower than for previous age groups, a health manager has warned. "The government is extending the vaccination programme to 40 to...
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Central Bedfordshire residents over 18 who don’t have symptoms of coronavirus are being urged to take advantage of free rapid COVID tests. These are now available from community testing sites, local pharmacies or online across...
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During April NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is focusing on second doses of the coronavirus vaccinations, which are delivered 12 weeks after people get their first jab. Appointments are also still...
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As the high streets and towns across Central Bedfordshire start to reopen, the leader of Central Bedfordshire Council is calling on residents to "shop local". Councillor Richard Wenham said: "The lockdown has had a massive impact on...
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Loans will include 80% government guarantee and interest rate cap With non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality reopening next week, ministers have ensured that support is still available to businesses to protect jobs. From today (6 April 2021),...
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People across Bedfordshire are being urged not to become complacent and continue to play their part in ensuring cases of COVID continue to fall. On Monday (29 March 2021), the ‘stay at home’ rule ended and...