Coronavirus vaccine

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is our best defence against the virus.
The vaccine is highly effective against the virus causing symptoms and it is currently being rolled out across Birmingham and Solihull to priority groups.

Protect yourself and your family

Getting vaccinated means protecting yourself and may also help to protect your family, friends and patients from the virus.

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Continue to wash hands, cover face and make space

The COVID-19 vaccine is our best defence against the virus used alongside effective social distancing, wearing a mask and washing your hands.

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A clinically approved vaccination

The vaccine has been developed and approved following a number of clinical trials involving thousands of people across the world.

Vaccine eligibility

The vaccine is being offered to all healthcare workers, care home residents, the elderly and the ‘clinically vulnerable’ first. The vaccine will then be offered to the wider population in order of priority. You will be invited to attend for a vaccination. Please do not attempt to book a vaccination appointment or attend a vaccination centre, unless you have been contacted and advised to book.

How the vaccine is given

The vaccine is given by injection into the arm or shoulder. You will be asked which arm you wish to have it in – we recommend if you are right-handed to have it in your left arm and vice versa. You will need two doses of the vaccine to gain the maximum protection. These doses will be given up to 12 weeks apart. One dose will provide considerable protection. The second dose completes the course and will be important for longer term protection.  

Accessing a vaccination

In order to get the vaccine, you need to book an appointment at a local vaccination centre. Appointments are by invitation only – so please do not try to book if you have not been contacted yet. There are many centres across Birmingham and Solihull – you can choose to attend a Vaccination Centre (a large dedicated centre) or a Local Vaccination Service (such as a GP surgery or pharmacy taking part in the programme), whichever is more convenient to you.

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