The vaccine has been offered to all healthcare workers, care home residents, the elderly and the ‘clinically vulnerable’ first. The vaccine is now being 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.