20th December 2021

Deputy Mayor boosts vaccine take-up campaign


The Deputy Mayor of Sandwell Councillor Richard Jones is urging people to ‘get boosted now’ after receiving his COVID-19 booster vaccine at the Shri Venkateswara Balaji Temple in Oldbury.


There are more than 100 places in the Black Country and West Birmingham to get vaccinated including walk-in centres, pop-up clinics, pharmacies and GP surgeries.


Councillor Jones said: “Booster vaccines are safe and effective and give us the best protection against COVID-19. They help give us longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19, and play an important part in the fight against the spread of the virus in Sandwell.”


You can get a booster dose if you had a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least three months ago and:

• you are aged 18 or over

• you are aged 16 or over with a health condition that puts you at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19

• you are a frontline health or social care worker

• you live or work in a care home

• you are aged 16 or over and are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19

• you are aged 16 or over and live with someone who has a weakened immune system (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis).


People who are pregnant and in one of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.


If you’re eligible, you’ll be offered a booster dose at least three months after you had your second dose.


Most people can:

• book a vaccination appointment online for an appointment at a vaccination centre or pharmacy

• go to a walk-in vaccination site to get vaccinated without needing an appointment

• wait to be contacted by a local NHS service such as a GP surgery and book an appointment with them.


You can pre-book your booster dose online if it’s been two months (61 days) since you had your second dose and you are:

• aged 18 or over

• aged 16 or over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19

• a frontline health or social care worker

• You’ll be offered appointment dates from three months after the date of your second dose.


You can find your local vaccination centres, including walk-in centres, at: www.blackcountryandwestbirmccg.nhs.uk/your-health-services/health-advice/covid-19-vaccination


For information on pop-up clinics, visit www.healthysandwell.co.uk/clinics


To book a Covid-19 vaccine, go to www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.


Councillor Jones said: “COVID-19 will be part of our lives for some time to come, so we must do all we can to prevent the spread of the virus and keep our friends and families safe. I would ask anyone who hasn’t yet been vaccinated to get their jabs as soon as possible. And if you’re eligible for a booster dose, I’d strongly recommend that you get that too.


“I want to thank the chairman and the trustees of the temple, the volunteers and the NHS staff who have all come together to provide this important service for local people.”


Sandwell residents are urged to stay safe and prevent the spread of the virus to help protect themselves and others:

• Wear a face covering in most indoor public places and on public transport

Get tested and self-isolate if required

• Work from home, if you can

Get vaccinated

• Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer.

Published: 20th December 2021