Half of Black Country & West Birmingham adults receive COVID-19 vaccine

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The NHS is celebrating an important milestone this week as more than half of all adults in the Black Country & West Birmingham have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

More than 540,000 first doses have now been administered, thanks to the unprecedented scale vaccination programme which has seen people receive their vaccine in hospitals, care homes, GP surgeries, pharmacies and even local sports centres and places of worship.

Sally Roberts, Chief Nursing Officer for the NHS Black Country and West Birmingham CCGs, said: “It is a truly extraordinary achievement to have vaccinated half of our region’s adults in barely three months. This vaccination programme has been on a scale like nothing any of us has seen before and I am immensely proud of all the colleagues who have pulled together to make this happen. This has been a true team effort across the Black Country and West Birmingham system. From the vaccine team and hospitals who made sure our frontline workers are protected and the GPs who were at the forefront of getting the vaccine out into communities, to the public health teams who helped promote the importance of vaccination and not forgetting the community organisations who offered their premises and their volunteers to support this crucial work.”

As the second dose is given 10-12 weeks after the first, and thousands of people are now becoming eligible for their second dose, the focus in the coming weeks will be on giving out these second doses so that the most vulnerable in society are as well protected against the virus as can be.

Currently, the vaccine is available to anyone aged over 50, anyone who has an underlying health condition such as diabetes or asthma, and anyone who works in the health and care sectors or is a named carer for another person.

If you are in an eligible group, even if you have previously declined the vaccine and changed your mind, you can find your nearest centre and book an appointment by calling 119 or visting www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.

Between now and 2 April, eligible people can also go to one of the following three locations without the need for an appointment:

  • Saddlers Centre, Walsall.
  • Tipton Sports Academy, Sandwell
  • WV Active Aldersley, Wolverhampton

NHS teams are visiting those who are housebound and cannot travel to a vaccination service.

Everyone will receive a health status check and a pre-vaccination assessment before they have their jab.

For the latest information about the vaccine in the Black Country and West Birmingham, visit: blackcountrywestbirminghamcovidvaccine.co.uk

Black Country Health Chiefs say there’s a COVID-19 vaccine with your name on for everyone aged 50 and over

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Anyone aged 50 and over 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 on the following Vaccination Centres without an appointment from today until (and including) 2 April:

  • Saddlers Centre, Walsall
  • Tipton Sports Academy, Sandwell
  • WV Active Aldersley , Wolverhampton

Or, for the Sadlers Centre and Tipton Sports Academy, they can book by calling 119 or online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination until 29 March.

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 us with some additional vaccine stock which is available for all those over 50 or those living with an underlying health condition to access from now until 2 April.

Sally Roberts, Chief Nurse for Black Country and West Birmingham CCGs said: “We are urging everyone who is aged 50 or with an underlying health condition to come and get their Covid-19 vaccine now. To make it even easier to get your vaccine, from today until 2 April we are also inviting people to arrive without an appointment at a select number of our sites in Walsall, Sandwell or Wolverhampton. Please remember to bring your NHS number and have your date of birth ready."

Everyone will receive a health status check and a pre-vaccination assessment before they have their jab at all sites.

We ask that those who are not in an eligible group do not turn up, checks will be made and people will be turned away if they are not eligible.

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.

Far fewer appointments will be available for first doses from next week as the bulk of available supplies are used to full vaccinate people with a second jab.

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 15 April and more constrained supply of available doses next month.

People with a learning disability or living with an underlying health condition like serious asthma, who are yet to get their jab are being urged to book before 29 March, with some GPs calling each of their unvaccinated patients personally to encourage uptake.

Getting the second dose of your Covid-19 Vaccine

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Across the Black Country and West Birmingham we are starting to contact people who have received their first Covid-19 vaccine and are due to receive their second.

The second dose acts as a ‘booster’ jab to enhance immunity to the virus and offer a greater protection against infection, so people are encouraged to get their second dose when they are called to do so.

Many people have questions about when their appointment will be and whether you have to go to the same location as before.

Over 97,000 Covid-19 jabs given in city

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Over 97,000 life-saving Covid-19 jabs have now been given in Wolverhampton – an increase of nearly 10,000 in just seven days.

Latest figures show a total of 97,286 vaccinations have been delivered in the city so far, with 91,773 people having received the first of their two doses and 5,513 patients having had both.

Vaccinations are currently available to anyone aged 50 and over; anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable; frontline health and social care workers; and people who are in receipt of Carer's Allowance or are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if their carer falls ill.

People aged 50 and over are invited to book their COVID-19 Vaccine

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People aged 50 and over are now being invited to get their life-saving Covid-19 vaccine.

Appointments can be booked at one of the following Vaccination Centres by calling 119, or going online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination

  • Saddlers Centre, Walsall.
  • Tipton Sports Academy, Sandwell
  • The Black Country Living Museum, Dudley

Take-up of the vaccine has been strong with more than 473,000 people across the Black Country and West Birmingham having had their first dose, but there are still a number of people in eligible groups who haven’t come forward.

People aged 55 and over are invited to book your COVID-19 vaccine

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People aged 55 and over are now being invited to get their life-saving Covid-19 vaccine.COVID 19 vaccinations 55

So far staff have vaccinated more than 378,000 people across the Black Country and West Birmingham, meaning more than one third of the adult population, have already received the life-saving jab.

People aged 60 were invited to have a life-saving jab last week and letters have now started arriving at the homes of those aged 55 and over in addition to text messages inviting them to book a vaccination through the national booking service. Those most at risk are being vaccinated first in line with guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.