Bedfordshire Covid Update

Omicron Variant

The first case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Bedford Borough

Vicky Head, Director of Public Health at Bedford Borough Council said: “A single Omicron case has now been confirmed in Bedford Borough. The case is linked to international travel, and rapid action from the local contact tracing team – working closely with the UK Health Security Agency – has ensured that close contacts were promptly identified and asked to self-isolate and test.

“It is likely that more Omicron cases will be confirmed in the coming days and Delta infections are also rising, so it is important that everyone takes sensible precautions – get your vaccines and booster as soon as you are eligible; wear a face covering in busy indoor areas including shops and public transport; get a PCR test if you have symptoms; isolate when asked; and continue to take regular rapid (LFD) tests if you have no symptoms.”


Are you out shopping for presents this weekend? Don’t bring an unwanted guest to Christmas this year:

  • Get vaccinated to protect yourself & your loved ones
  • Take a rapid test before meeting up with people
  • Wear a face covering in indoor places, including in shops

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2nd Vaccine Dose

If you had your first COVID-19 vaccination on or before 11 October, you’re now due for your second dose.

Getting both doses maximises protection from the vaccine – half a jab is half a job!

Vaccine drop ins are available in Bedford Borough for both first and second doses, with no appointment necessary. For more information and for opening times visit


You can book your COVID-19 booster dose online if it’s been 5 months (152 days) since you had your 2nd dose and you are:

  • aged 40 and over
  • aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19
  • a frontline health or social care worker

You’ll be offered appointment dates from 6 months after the date of your 2nd dose

For more information on boosters and third vaccination doses visit:

For details from Luton Borough Council visit:

For Central Bedfordshire visit: