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 whether it’s a first, second or booster dose, people who have not yet come forward for their vaccine can do so at a time to suit them.
Visit one of our friendly sites without an appointment.
Book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment using the National Booking System online, or call 119.
People who are 75 and over and those aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system are now eligible for a spring booster.
Appointments can be booked online via the National Booking System or by calling 119.
Adults will be offered either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and those aged between 12 and 18 will be offered the Pfizer vaccine.
Children aged 5 to 11 years
Children aged 5 to 11 can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Children aged 12-15 years
All children aged 12 to 15 years can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (including children who turn 12 on the date of vaccination).
Some children aged 12 to 15 are also eligible for a booster dose.
Women who are pregnant or think they might be, breastfeeding or trying for a baby or might get pregnant in the future can get their vaccine.
People aged 16 and over
You can get your 1st and 2nd dose primary dose and booster jab if you're aged 16 or over.
People with a severely weakened immune system
A 3rd dose and booster (4th dose) of the COVID-19 vaccine is being offered to people aged 12 and over who had a severely weakened immune system when they had their first 2 doses.
3rd primary dose
The 3rd primary dose is being offered to individuals who are immunosuppressed due to underlying health conditions or medical treatment, because there is evidence that some may not mount a full immune response to their first 2 doses.
If you are eligible, you can get a 3rd primary dose from a walk-in site if all of these apply:
- you have received a letter from your GP or hospital doctor, inviting you for a 3rd dose
- you are aged 18 years or over
- it's been 8 weeks since your 2nd dose, unless the letter from your GP or hospital doctor says otherwise.
People who are eligible for a 3rd primary dose can either contact their GP practice for an appointment or walk in with their letter to one of our friendly walk-in clinics, with no appointment necessary.
Booster (4th dose)
A booster dose (4th dose) of the COVID-19 vaccine helps improve the protection you have from your first 3 doses of the vaccine. You are eligible for a booster (4th dose) 3 months (91 days) after your 3rd dose.
A GP or your hospital specialist will invite you for your booster (4th dose) when it's due. Most people can also book their appointment online or go to a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site.
Book your COVID-19 vaccination appointment online or call 119 or find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site. Please bring a letter from a GP or your hospital specialist inviting you for either a 3rd dose or a booster following your 3rd dose.
Read more information on the COVID-19 vaccine for people with a severely weakened immune system here.
"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.
Travelling and restrictions
While restrictions have eased and holiday destinations are welcoming British travellers, entry restrictions for many destinations depend on vaccination status.
If you are planning to jet away for a sunny break, please check the foreign travel advice page for information on travelling abroad, including the latest information on coronavirus entry requirements for your destination.