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COVID-19 vaccination bus

Being vaccinated means you are less likely to get and spread the virus and it also helps keep you from getting seriously ill, even if you do get COVID-19. 

Across Walsall there are many local vaccination services, GP surgeries, pharmacies, pop-up clinics and vaccination buses where you can get your COVID-19 vaccination.

Vaccination buses

Walsall vaccination buses are operating to take the COVID-19 vaccine to those who live, study or work in Walsall and may have difficulty getting to a vaccination centre or other local vaccination service.

The buses will be visiting supermarkets, places of worship, businesses and other prominent community venues. Once parked up, pharmacists, nurses and trained vaccinators from the Saddlers Vaccination Centre on board the bus will give first and second doses to anyone aged 18 and over, with no appointment necessary.  

Locations

The current timetable sees the bus visiting the following locations. The bus schedule will change from time to time, so please continue to check this page or our Facebook and Twitter pages for regular updates.

Wednesday 22 September

  • Tesco Willenhall WV13 2PZ (10am - 4pm)

Thursday 23 September

  • Frank F Harrison Community Association WS2 7DY (10am - 4pm)

Friday 24 September

  • Walsall Fire Station WS2 8NU (10am - 4pm)
  • Aisha Mosque Palfrey WS1 4HJ (10am - 4pm)

Our friendly and approachable COVID-19 Champions will also be out and about in some areas visiting residents to talk about the vaccine and health professionals will also be available should you have any questions or wish to discuss anything about vaccines.

If you have any questions about the vaccination bus, take a look at our FAQs below to see if your question has been answered there.

FAQs – Walsall COVID-19 vaccination bus

Why is there a vaccination bus?

Walsall's vaccination buses are mobile vaccination clinics. We are making it as easy as possible for people to get their COVID-19 vaccination. If you live, study or work in Walsall you can just turn up — you don't need an appointment to attend a vaccination bus and they are wheelchair accessible. If you are unsure, please go along for a chat.

Who can get their COVID-19 vaccination on the bus?

Anyone who lives, studies or works in Walsall and is aged 18 and over can get their COVID-19 vaccination.

Do I need to book an appointment?

No, you can just turn up.

Where will the vaccination bus be visiting?

The full list of sites is available in the timetable above

What hours is it open?

The hours differ depending on the location, please see the timetable above.

How long will it take to have my vaccine?

It should take around 20–30 minutes. You'll be asked some questions about your medical history before you are given the vaccine. You may be asked to wait for 15 minutes after having the vaccination. This is to monitor you for any reaction to the vaccine.

Research has found it's very rare to have a serious allergic reaction to the vaccine. If this does happen, it usually happens within minutes. The team are trained to deal with reactions and treat them immediately.

You will also be given a leaflet about what to expect after your vaccination to take home with you. Find out more about what to expect after the COVID-19 vaccination on GOV.UK

Will I have to queue?

This depends how many people are waiting ahead of you. The team on the bus will be able to advise on waiting times. If there is a queue, please keep a safe and respectful distance from others waiting.  

Is there somewhere to park/put my bike?

This will depend on the location where the bus is parked.

I am in a wheelchair, can I still get my vaccine?

Yes, the vaccine buses are wheelchair accessible. However, if you would prefer to make an appointment for a day and time that is more convenient you can book an appointment online or call 119.

Will my GP know that I have had the jab?

Yes. When you are vaccinated your medical records will be updated. They should appear in your medical records in GP systems within 48 hours.

Do I need to take a symptom free test before I have my vaccination?

It is not a requirement to take a test before you have your vaccine.

All residents in Walsall who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are strongly encouraged to take up the offer of twice-weekly, free rapid testing. It is important before you meet up with friends and family, go to work, attend appointments or socialise.

Testing is available at a number of symptom-free test sites around the borough, which also includes Saturday and Sunday opening in the Saddlers Shopping Centre. Alternatively home testing kits can be collected from some 70 pharmacies across Walsall or can be ordered to use at home. More information on the available options is available via the link above. 

Someone has knocked on my door to tell me about the vaccination bus, who are they?

Our friendly and approachable COVID-19 Champions will be in some areas visiting residents to talk about the vaccine and health professionals will also be available should you have any questions or wish to discuss anything about vaccines.

Leaflets, translated materials and interpreters are being used to share vital messages with everyone in the community.

We are also working with community leaders and voluntary organisations to ensure we can reach as many residents as possible.

COVID-19 Champions will have identification and should show you this when they introduce themselves. If you are unsure, ask the person to show you their ID. If they do not, close the door.

 

General vaccination FAQs

NHS Black Country and West Birmingham CCG has answers to many of the most commonly asked questions on their website.

You can also find the most up to date national guidance on the NHS website.