There’s a COVID-19 vaccine with your name on for everyone aged 50 and over
Anyone aged 50 and over or living with an underlying health condition can get their first dose of the COVID-19 jab by registering on the door at certain local vaccination centres now.
Those who are eligible can arrive at the following Vaccination Centres without an appointment from today until (and including) April 2nd from 8am to 7pm:
Saddlers Centre, Walsall.
Tipton Sports Academy, Sandwell
WV Active Aldersley, Wolverhampton
Or, for the Saddlers Centre and Tipton Sports Academy, they can book by calling 119 or online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination until the 29th March.
Far fewer appointments will be available for first doses from next week as the bulk of available supplies are used to fully vaccinate people with a second jab.
Everyone will receive a health status check and a pre-vaccination assessment before they have their jab at all sites.
People who are not eligible should not turn up, as they will be turned away if found not to be eligible during checks.
People with a learning disability or living with an underlying health condition like serious asthma, who are yet to get their jab are also being urged to attend.
Take-up of the vaccine has been strong with more than 500,000 people across the Black Country and West Birmingham having had their first dose. However, there are still a number of people in eligible groups who haven’t come forward, which has left some additional vaccine stock.
Four in five people in the first nine priority groups have now received at least one dose since the NHS vaccination programme, the biggest in health service history, kicked off a little over 100 days ago
The proportion of people aged 50-54 having their first jab has shot up over the past week from 42% to seven in 10 with the NHS now putting a laser focus on inviting everybody in the most at-risk cohorts protected ahead of 15th April and more constrained supply of available doses next month.