People who are vaccinated against COVID-19 are less likely to be seriously ill, die, or spread the virus to other people.
Get a vaccine
Across the Black Country and West Birmingham there are around 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, you can get your vaccine any time it suits you.
Many of the vaccination sites in Walsall do not require an appintment. The days and times change on a weekly basis. Find out more on the Black Country and West Birmingham CCG website. You can also find out where you can get vaccinated close to where you live or work.
Spring booster vaccinations
COVID-19 is more serious in older people and those with a weakened immune system. Protection from the vaccine may be lower and may decline more quickly in these people. For this reason people aged 75 years and over, those in care homes and those aged 12 years and over with a weakened immune system are being offered the spring booster.
Although vaccines are expected to provide good protection against severe COVID-19 disease, protection against mild infection with the Omicron variant seems to decline quickly, even after the booster dose.
This spring booster is being offered as a precaution to those at extremely high risk, most of whom received their first booster around 6 months ago. If the number of infections increases over the summer, this booster should help to reduce your risk of being admitted to hospital with COVID-19.
Read more about spring booster vaccinations.
A COVID-19 booster vaccine dose helps improve the protection you have from your first 2 doses of the vaccine. It helps give you longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19. Every adult in Walsall now needs to get a COVID-19 booster vaccine, because two doses does not give you enough protection against catching Omicron.
You can now get a booster dose if you:
- had a 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 3 months ago
- are aged over 18 years
There are several walk-in sites in Walsall where you don't need an an appointment. Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site close to you. You can also book your booster through the NHS online booking system or call 119.
Find further details about booster vaccinations on the NHS website
If you have previously tested positive for COVID-19 you will have to wait for a period of 90 days before vaccination.
Book your booster through the NHS online booking system
Vaccines for children and young people
From 4 April 2022, children aged 5 to 11 years of age who live in Walsall or the Black Country will be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine. 12 to 15 year-olds can continue to access the vaccine.
Vaccinations will take place outside of school at the Saddlers Vaccination Centre (Saddlers Centre, Bridgeman Street, Walsall) and an appointment will be required. You can book an appointment online, or by calling 119.
Book your child's vaccination through the NHS online booking system
What you need to know about getting vaccinated
The COVID-19 vaccine is our best defence against the virus — used alongside effective social distancing, wearing a mask, washing your hands and letting in fresh air.
Getting vaccinated means protecting yourself, and your family, friends and local community 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.
The COVID-19 vaccines currently available are given in 2 doses. You usually have the second dose eight to 12 weeks after the first dose. This is based on updated guidance from the UK’s chief medical officers.
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(Updated 4 May 2022)