COVID-19 testing and vaccination

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against COVID-19.

Lateral Flow Tests

Everyone in England now has access to free rapid lateral flow tests to use twice a week.

One in three people with COVID-19 do not experience any symptoms and may be spreading the virus without knowing.

Rapid testing detects cases quickly, and using these tests twice a week means that those with COVID-19 can isolate immediately and reduce the spread of the virus.

This expanded regular free testing offer for those without symptoms will be delivered through:

  • Workplace testing programmes
  • Secondary school and college testing
  • Community testing at symptom-free sites
  • Collection of home test kits from any local testing site
  • Collection of home test kits from participating pharmacies
  • A home ordering service

Testing through all of these routes is free.

We are offering free rapid COVID-19 tests to anyone over the age of 16 and you can collect up to 14 free lateral flow tests from the Central MK Library (555 Silbury Boulevard, MK9 3HL). No need to book, show ID or register - just ask a member of staff.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will need to self-isolate immediately and book a confirmatory PCR test. Support is available to help you self-isolate.

PCR Testing

If you have any of these three COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild, use this service to get a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test as soon as possible:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed

You can order a PCR test kit to be sent to your home or book an appointment at a walk-in or drive-through test site on GOV.UK.

COVID-19 vaccinations

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against COVID-19.

The NHS is now offering vaccines to 16 and 17 year olds, as well as all adults aged 18 or over. Find out more about when, where and how you will be offered a vaccine appointment on the BLMK website.

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine, where you can get it and information about vaccine safety on the NHS website.

Have you received a call about your vaccination?

The Public Health team for Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough, and Milton Keynes councils is calling local people who have not yet had their vaccine.

Whilst vaccination rates are good here, every vaccination counts in helping to protect us all. We are calling unvaccinated residents to understand if there are barriers to you getting vaccinated that we can help with. Perhaps, you’re not sure how to book, you want some more information, or you want to talk to a GP. These are things we can help you with.

We do not have access to your medical records and will not be discussing any medical issues, but we can arrange for you to be called by a dedicated GP if you have any concerns.

If we cannot reach you by phone, we will send you a text message or email. The messages will be from this number 01462 754070 and will be marked from MK CBC Beds. Emails and SMS will clearly say they are from Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough, or Milton Keynes councils.

We will not ask you for any personal or financial information.

If you receive a call and have any concerns about whether it is from us, you can call 01462 754070 to check.

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Last Updated: 29 September 2021