The Black Country Living Museum has been chosen as a vaccination centre to serve the people of the West Midlands as part of the Government’s roll out of the UK coronavirus vaccine programme.
As a well-known landmark close to good transport links, BCLM proved to be a strong choice to support the work of the NHS in delivering the vaccine to the local community. The vaccination centre at BCLM is operational from today 25 January, with people most at risk of complications from COVID-19 being invited first. This Vaccination Centre compliments the GP led vaccination services already running locally with people being sent letters from the National NHS Booking Service to access this and other Centres.
How to book: People receiving a letter can book their appointment in two ways: either by going online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination, or by calling 119. You won’t be able to book unless you have received a letter. Please do not call the Museum phone line to book your appointment, as they will be unable to do this for you and please do not attend without an appointment. All bookings must be made directly with the NHS vaccination service.
In order to help NHS staff manage queueing and registration people are being asked to arrive at the vaccination centre no more than 10 minutes before their appointment. Before people enter the vaccination centre, details of your appointment will be confirmed and a temperature check made to ensure the centre is safe.
Sally Roberts, Chief Nurse, Black Country and West Birmingham CCGs said, “Across the Black Country and West Birmingham a great many people are working hard to rollout vaccinations, starting with those most at risk. Our progress to date has been incredible and I am delighted that our first vaccination centre, which will be capable of delivering thousands more vaccines each week is going live. We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but please do not try to book or go to the vaccination centre before you receive a letter from the NHS booking service. Once you have an appointment to receive your vaccine, please arrive on time, there is no need to arrive for your vaccine earlier than your appointment time as this may result in you and others waiting longer than necessary.”
Andrew Lovett, Chief Executive of Black Country Living Museum, said: “By hosting the vaccine centre at the Museum we’re able to support the NHS in providing immunisation for the local community. People who book an appointment when they’re eligible and receive the vaccine will be helping the NHS in the most important public health initiative it has ever undertaken. The vaccination programme is obviously a very important part of combatting the spread of COVID-19; although, in the meantime, continuing to adhere to restrictions and hygiene measures also remains critical.”
Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for health and adult social care at Dudley Council, said: “This is fantastic news – a real game changer in our fight across the borough against the coronavirus. “Having the Black Country Living Museum on board as a vaccination centre will greatly increase the amount of jabs we can deliver, and the speed at which we can administer them. It will make people safer from this deadly virus more quickly. The NHS will be in touch with people as and when they become eligible for the vaccine via GPs, healthcare professionals and employers, and when you are invited to get yours, I would strongly advise you to have it. While you wait for your turn to have the vaccine, continue to do all you can to keep you and your loved ones safe. Wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering where required and maintain the two metre social distancing from people not in your household when in public spaces. We have always said we will beat this, and we are getting closer to that day. But we still need to remain vigilant.”