Across the Black Country and West Birmingham we have 100 vaccination sites. These range from local GPs and pharmacies to community venues and large vaccination centres.
The vaccine offer is evergreen so if you want your first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine then you can book or walk in now.
Visit one of our friendly sites without an appointment.
Book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment using the National Booking System online, or call 119.
We know vaccines give high levels of protection, though immunity naturally reduces over time, so it is vital you come forward to get your COVID-19 booster vaccine to top-up your defences and protect yourself and your family members this winter.
All those 16+ are now eligible for the booster jab, as long as three months have passed since your second dose.
You can book a booster jab using the online National Booking Service or walk-in to one of our friendly walk-in clinics, with no appointment necessary, as soon as three months have passed since your second dose.
Children aged 12-15 years
We are offering two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to all children aged 12 to 15 years.
The vaccines will provide protection to children and it may also help to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in the wider population. Parents or guardians of children aged 12 to 15 will receive letters from their child’s school who are offering the COVID-19 vaccine as part of it's School Aged Immunisation Service (SAIS). Parents and guardians can also attend a local vaccination centre with their 12 to 15 year old to get their vaccination outside of school.
A list of local walk-in sites is available to view here, alternatively you can book an appointment online via the National Booking System.
Women who are pregnant or think they might be, breastfeeding or trying for a baby or might get pregnant in the future.
Please book or walk-in to one of our friendly walk-in clinics, with no appointment necessary.
People aged 16 and over
You can get your first, second and booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if you're aged 16 or over. The offer of a vaccination is evergreen, so anyone who has who previously declined can still get their vaccine.
You can book your appointment at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now, or walk-in to one of our friendly walk-in clinics, with no appointment necessary.
Third primary dose vaccination
The JCVI has advised that everyone aged 12 years and over, who was severely immunosuppressed at the time of their first or second COVID-19 vaccine doses, is offered a third vaccination dose (third primary dose).
This is different to a booster vaccination because there is evidence that some individuals who are immunosuppressed due to underlying health conditions or medical treatment may not mount a full immune response to their first two COVID-19 vaccinations.
The Government has issued additional COVID-19 advice for people whose immune system means they are at higher risk. This advice applies to those with weakened immune systems who are:
- eligible for a third primary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine; or
- eligible for new COVID-19 treatments.
If you are in one of the two groups with weakened immune systems (eligible for a third primary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine or eligible for new treatments for COVID-19) the Government advises you to:
- ensure you have had all of the vaccines you are eligible to receive, including your booster
- continue to follow any condition-specific advice you may have been given by your specialist
- work from home if you can. If you cannot work from home, speak to your employer about what temporary arrangements they can make to reduce your risk
- wait until 14 days after another person’s most recent dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before being in close contact with them
- avoid enclosed crowded spaces
- practice social distancing if that feels right for you and your friends
- ventilate your home by opening windows and doors to let fresh air in
- ask friends and family to take a rapid lateral flow antigen test before visiting you
- ask home visitors to wear face coverings
- wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face
People with a weakened immune system can now get a third dose from a walk-in site if all of these apply:
- they have received a letter from their GP or hospital doctor, inviting them for a third dose
- they are aged 18 years old or over
- it's been 8 weeks since their secomd dose, unless the letter from their GP or hospital doctor says otherwise.
Patients who are eligible for a third dose can either contact their GP practice for an appointment or they can walk in with their letter to one of our friendly walk-in clinics, with no appointment necessary.
A booster jab does not stop you from getting coronavirus, but it can stop you being seriously ill - something Jo is experiencing herself.
"Without my two vaccines I am not sure I would be here today."
A father of two spent almost a month in Intensive Care (ICU) at New Cross Hospital after catching COVID-19. David Colley, from Willenhall, has credited being doubly vaccinated as potentially saving his life. He is now urging people to get their first, second or booster vaccines, after thinking “it wouldn’t happen to me.”
The 39-year-old was admitted to hospital on 16 November after coming home from work, feeling unwell and going downhill very quickly.
He said: “I had never been in hospital before and keep myself fit and healthy by going to the gym and mountain biking.
“I never thought it would happen to me but I am so grateful I have been able to fight it. Without my two vaccines I am not sure I would be here today.
“It’s scary because it shows that this could happen to anyone, and that it can get pretty serious. It’s important to go and get your vaccinations as you just don’t know how serious it can be. I will be getting my booster as soon as I can.”
Gerry and Maureen's story
Local couple reflect one year on since COVID-19 vaccine
A Dudley couple who were among the first people in the Black Country and West Birmingham to receive a COVID vaccine at their GP practice have been reflecting on the experience one year on.
Tuesday (14 December) will mark a year to the day that 82-year-old Gerry Hughes and 85-year-old Maureen Hughes received the COVID-19 vaccine.
The couple were the first to be vaccinated at their local GP surgery, Halesowen Medical Practice, which marked the start of the vaccine roll-out co-ordinated by GP-led primary care networks.
Gerry and Maureen went on to receive their second dose in January this year, and their booster dose six months later in June.
Gerry said: “During the lockdown last year, we were both shielding as Maureen has COPD which can affect her lungs and her breathing. We didn’t want to take any risks so we stayed at home and started ordering our food shopping online. The isolation was the hardest part, especially not seeing our family. Luckily, we have a lovely garden that we could sit in and spend time outdoors, so we felt very fortunate compared to others. We tend to take things in our stride so we just tried to make the best of out of a bad situation.
“We both had our first COVID-19 vaccine on 14 December last year at our doctor’s surgery. When we first got the call inviting us to come in for the vaccine, we didn’t feel nervous at all – we actually felt really excited. After we had the first dose, we both had sore arms and felt a little bit tired, but nothing that lasted more than a few days.
“We have two daughters and three grandchildren and they’ve all had their vaccines now too. In fact, one of our daughters works in a dental department of a hospital and now helps administer the vaccines. She was absolutely delighted when we received our invite to have the vaccine last year and fully supported us having it.
“We’ve had our two doses and booster dose now and everything went really smoothly. Our GP practice has really looked after us and I think it’s a no brainer that others should get the vaccine too. You can get lots of problems from the virus, regardless of age, so I think everyone should get it as soon as possible.
“Going into Christmas this year feels very different to last year. Last year, we’d just had our first dose but no one else in our immediate family had so we still had to be very careful and keep contact to a minimum. This year, we feel really excited to celebrate Christmas with our family knowing we’ve got the protection from the vaccines. Of course, we’ll still be following the guidelines, washing our hands often and wearing a mask where we need to, to make sure we stay safe.”
Sally Roberts, Chief Nursing Officer for NHS Black Country and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This time last year, GPs across the area embarked on an enormous challenge to deliver the COVID-19 vaccination programme in the community, whilst also delivering the flu vaccine programme and the usual care and services patients rely on.
“Since then, we’ve seen a momentous effort right across the local area to get people vaccinated, and will continue until as many people as possible are protected against this deadly virus, whether that’s at GP practices, pharmacies, mobile clinics or vaccination centres.
“Getting vaccinated is important to not only protect yourself, but also the people around you, and to help slow the spread of the virus in the wider community as we approach the festive season. Our offer of a jab is evergreen and I strongly encourage anyone who is eligible for a first, second or booster dose, to come forward as soon as they can.”
For more information and resources on the COVID-19 vaccine, click here.
The COVID-19 vaccine is our best defence against the virus – used alongside effective social distancing, wearing a mask and washing your hands.
Getting vaccinated means protecting yourself, and potentially your family, friends and patients from the virus.
The vaccine has been developed and approved following a number of clinical trials involving thousands of people across the world. It has also undergone mandatory safety tests to ensure it is safe for humans.
It is given in two doses by your local NHS service. Appointments are eight weeks or more apart, based on updated guidance from the UK’s Chief Medical Officers.