Data from NHS England shows that 1,002 first doses of the vaccine were administered in Luton in the week leading to April 11 – 594 fewer than the week before and the lowest in the preceding five weeks.
A national delay in deliveries from India and the need to retest a batch of 1.7 million doses has been behind the issues with vaccine supply in April.
To help catch up, Beds, Luton and MK Clinical Commissioning Group (BLMK CCG) has organised a weekend vaccination pilot scheme for tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday.
On both days, anyone who is eligible for their first dose can walk into one of the three temporary vaccine centres below and receive their jab:
> Future's House car park, Marsh Farm (from 10am-4pm);
> Luton Irish Forum car park, High Town (from 10am to 4pm);
> Sainsbury's car park, Bury Park (from 10am to 4pm).
Those eligible include anyone aged over 45; anyone aged over 30 and classed as clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV); and anyone over 30 who provides care for someone (with details of the person being cared for).
In addition, for this weekend only, anyone aged over 30 who lives in the same household as an eligible person can also receive their jab.
No paperwork is required, just proof of residency in LU1, 2, 3 and 4 postcodes.