Across the Black Country and West Birmingham we have over 40 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.
 

You will find details below of the vaccine offers for different patient groups.
 

Children aged 12-15 years

The NHS is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations to all children aged 12 to 15 years across the Black Country and West Birmingham.

We want to make it easy for children to access one dose of the vaccine before the winter. It will provide protection to the 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 are also invited to 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.

Some children who have a condition that means they’re at high risk from COVID-19, or live with someone who is likely to get infections, will be contacted when it's their turn to get the vaccine and be offered a second dose. Read more about the vaccine and 12 to 15 year olds here.
 

Young people aged 16 and 17

The NHS is offering a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to people aged 16 and 17. If you will turn 18 within 3 months, you can also get a second dose.

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.
 

People aged 18 and over

You can get your first and second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if you're aged 18 or over (or will turn 18 within 3 months). 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.
 

Booster vaccinations

We know vaccines give high levels of protection, though immunity naturally reduces over time, so it is vital for you, if you are eligible, to come forward to get your COVID-19 booster vaccine to top-up your defences and protect yourself and your family members this winter.

You will be invited to get your COVID-19 booster jab if you are:

  • Over 40
  • A frontline health and social care worker
  • An older adult in a residential care home
  • Aged 16-49 with an underlying health condition which puts you at greater risk of severe COVID
  • An adult sharing a home with vulnerable people

If you have not been contacted within a week of reaching six months since your second jab and you fall into one of the above categories, you can either call 119 or book yourself an appointment online via the National Booking System.

The online National Booking Service will allow people without an invitation to book a booster vaccine once 152 days have passed since their last vaccination. You'll be offered an appointment date from 182 days (6 months) after the date of your second dose.

People eligible for their COVID-19 booster jab are also invited to 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.

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. These patients are therefore being offered a third dose, ideally 8 weeks after their second dose and at a time of minumum immuosuppression, if possible. They will also be eligible for a booster 6 months later as well, so in effect will be given four doses of the vaccine.

Patients who are eligible for a third dose will receive an invite from the NHS. Once they have the letter they 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.
 

Pregnant women

Women who are pregnant or think they might be, breastfeeding or trying for a baby or might get pregnant in the future. Read more about the vaccine and women of childbearing age here.

Please book or walk-in to one of our friendly walk-in clinics, with no appointment necessary.
 

 

Your stories

Scott's story
Scott wishes he’d done things differently and got his COVID-19 vaccine
 

 

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Photo of Scott in hospital wearing an oxygen mask
– to keep Scott and other patients safe the interview
and photo was conducted virtually.

Scott, 27 is in Walsall Manor Hospital with COVID-19, pneumonia and a chest infection. He kept putting off his vaccine and now wants to urge young people to get their vaccine sooner rather than later.

Just a month before Scott became ill he had scaled Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain, but suddenly he became breathless just getting out of bed and walking around the house.

“My girlfriend kept telling me ‘you’ve got to get the vaccine’, but I was one of those people who left it,” said Scott. “My girlfriend and my mum and dad have had both jabs and they are all fine. I would tell people 100 per cent, get double jabbed.”

Scott, now a week into his hospital admission, had received his first dose just seven days before he believes he contracted COVID-19. The first dose should give good protection after a couple of weeks it has been given. Two doses are required for stronger and longer-lasting protection.

“It started with a snuffle then a cough,” he recalled. “But the next day I have never felt so ill. I couldn’t walk to the bathroom or downstairs without being completely out of breath. Everything I was doing was taking my breath away and it felt like I’d got a clamp on my chest it was so tight. So, I decided to get myself checked out and an ambulance was here within 20 minutes.”

Scott has needed oxygen ever since he was admitted to hospital, but his condition is improving and he is hoping to leave in the next few days.

If you are aged 18 or over, in an at-risk group, a carer or a frontline health and social care worker who has not yet had your vaccine, please get your vaccine as soon as you can.

You’ll need two doses for maximum protection – this is due 8 weeks after your first.

Find a vaccine near you.


Shahida's story
Shahida’s story of being a COVID Champion (Refugee and Migrant Centre)
 

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Shahida working as a COVID-19
champion and taking calls at the
Refugee and Migrant Centre
in Walsall.

The COVID-19 Community Champions programme aims to support residents from under-represented groups who may be most at risk from COVID-19.

As part of the programme, organisations have recruited and trained community champions to receive the latest COVID-19 information to share with communities.

One of our partner organisations, the Refugee and Migrant Centre (RMC), recruited three community champions to support their project activity in a volunteering capacity. One of them is Shahida Tariq, who has shared her story as a champion.

To read the full story, visit the Walsall for All website here.


Midland Mencap's story
Learning disability charity supports residents to take up the jab
 

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Dean, aged 29 from Walsall,
receiving his COVID-19
vaccination.

Midland Mencap is one organisation that has supported individuals with disabilities to get their COVID-19 vaccination. They recently helped Dean, aged 29 from Walsall, to make an informed choice to have his vaccination.

Click here to read the full story on the Walsall for All website.


What you need to know

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.

Local Polish GP, Dr Alicja Halliday, talks about why it’s important to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Watch the three part video in Polish here – you can also watch a version in English with subtitles here.