NHS Bedfordshire Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (BLMK CCG) has announced that the Moderna vaccine is now available at three of the pharmacy vaccination clinics in the BLMK region:
- Boots Pharmacy in The Arndale Centre, Luton
- The Rufus Centre in Flitwick
- The Acorn Pharmacy, Luton
BLMK CCG said that within BLMK over a million first and second doses have been given so far. With vaccinations now open to all those aged 18 and over BLMK CCG is keen to ensure all those eligible to be vaccinated receive the life-saving jab.
Fiona Garnett, associate director of medicines optimisation for BLMK CCG, said:
“It is good news that we can now offer a third jab that is safe and effective to use against COVID.
“The Moderna vaccine uses a similar technology to the Pfizer jab making it suitable for under 40s, but does not require the same -70C storage.”
Moderna can be stored for 30 days at normal fridge temperatures and should it need to be stored for longer it can last for six months at -20C
Adults aged under 40, or anyone else who still needs to book their jab, will be able to select one of these sites through the national booking centre www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or calling 119 between 7am and 11pm any day of the week.
Dependent on vaccine supply, these pharmacies are also offering a drop-in service – more details about drop-ins can be found here.
Elsewhere across BLMK vaccinations are still provided by large vaccination sites and pharmacies. Details can be found on the BLMK CCG website.