The Leighton Buzzard Primary Care Network (PCN) is delighted with feedback about the Leighton Buzzard COVID-19 Vaccination Centre which opened on 14th January. Based at the Leighton Buzzard Rugby Club on Stanbridge Road, it is a jointly-run service by all 3 general practices in the town.
The site is a mass Vaccination Centre for patients registered with a GP surgery in Leighton Buzzard. Government guidance is to vaccinate people aged over 80 years old and those in nursing homes as the first priority groups. Current National guidance is ultimately to offer vaccination to all those aged 50 years and over, as well as those people with medical conditions that make them at particular risk of infection.
The Centre is operational from 8am to 8pm, for up to 7 days per week (dependent on vaccine deliveries), and will continue to offer services until all target groups have been vaccinated. This is a town-wide project and is staffed by nurses, doctors and administrative staff from all the 3 Leighton Buzzard surgeries. Two large, heated marquees are on site to keep patients safe and warm whilst they either wait to be seen inside the building or are waiting for their transport post vaccination. Car park marshals are on hand to guide drivers on arrival and to assist patients. There are other staff inside the building looking after patients during their vaccination experience.
The service is being supported by an amazing team of volunteer workers from a number of different groups, and the PCN has been working closely with the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Leighton Linslade Town
Council, BLEVEC, Arriva Buses, Buzzer Buses and Leighton Buzzard Voluntary Patient Transport (LBVPT).
Arriva Buses ensure that the No: 32 bus drops and collects passengers from the front entrance of the Rugby Club (i.e. not in the road), as do Buzzer Buses and the LBVPT. There is a separate car parking facility for staff, volunteers and drivers who are dropping off patients and waiting for them post-vaccination. For more information on transport to and from the Rugby Club, please view the Transport Services to and from the Leighton Buzzard Rugby Club Information document.
Dr Henderson, Director of the Leighton Buzzard Primary Care Network, was quoted as saying, “I’m really excited about the opening of our local COVID Vaccination Centre which gives us a golden opportunity to finally defeat this virus. The opening of the Centre has only been possible because of the fantastic help and support of so many different people, organisations and voluntary groups. I am particularly grateful to Leighton Buzzard Rugby Club who have made the venue available to us and been a marvellous support in setting up and establishing the project. I and my fellow vaccinators can’t wait to start so that we can get our local population immunised as soon as possible.”
Please note that the local COVID vaccination programme is dependent upon delivery of the vaccine at scheduled regular intervals. All patients will be contacted by their surgery to arrange an appointment in the government’s published priority order. Please do not contact your surgery or the Rugby Club directly to arrange an appointment.
To ensure the smooth running of the service:
- Please arrive promptly and allow up to 30 minutes for your appointment.
- If possible, please arrange your own private transport or ask family or friends to help.
- Please do not attend the Centre if you do not have an appointment; as deliveries of the vaccine are strictly limited, the Vaccination Centre is only able to offer vaccine to those people who have been given an appointment by their GP surgeries.
The PCN and practice teams look forward to starting this much-needed and important campaign to protect us all from the COVID virus.