Attending the appointment

In Birmingham and Solihull you will be invited to attend an appointment at your GP surgery, a Vaccination Centre, or in some cases, a Hospital Hub.

People who are eligible for appointments will receive letters from the NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Booking Service, telling you how you can book an appointment. You may also be contacted by your local GP practice. Please do not get contact your GP practice or local hospital if you haven’t received an invite yet. If you are in a priority group (the over 50s, care home residents and staff, the clinically vulnerable,  and health and social care workers) and have not had your vaccine yet, you can book an appointment at or by calling 119. 

You can expect each vaccination appointment to take around 30 minutes.

If you have been sent an invitation letter, please bring this with you. Please note, some GP practices may not send a letter.

You are asked to attend your appointment alone unless you require a nominated carer for medical reasons. Please do not bring any other family members or friends as they will not be offered the vaccine or be able to wait in the centre.

At Vaccination Centres, interpreting services will be available to translate and staff will be able to help you should you need their assistance.

Although we have measures in place to keep you and our staff safe, please wear a face covering when attending your appointment. It is also advisable to wear loose clothing as the vaccination is given in your upper arm.

Toilets and disabled facilities are available on site. You may wish to bring a drink with you as no refreshments will be provided when attending your appointment.

The video below shows what happens at a typical vaccination appointment.

You have coronavirus or coronavirus symptoms

Do not attend if you have tested positive for COVID-19 28 days prior to your appointment or if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Symptoms include a new persistent cough, fever or high temperature, loss of taste and/or loss of smell.

What happens at the appointment

On arrival, you will be checked-in by a member of staff and you will be asked to show your invitation letter with your NHS number. Workaround solutions are available for people who do not have an NHS number. You will be asked to confirm your date of birth and postcode and to confirm you have no symptoms of COVID-19 and that you have not had a flu jab in the last 7 days.

You will then have a basic health check, which includes questions about any allergies you have and any medication you are currently taking.

You will be asked to give your consent confirming you are having the vaccine.

You will then be given the vaccination. This is given via a needle into your non-dominant arm/shoulder and will feel no more than a quick sharp scratch (similar to a flu jab).

After you have been vaccinated, you will be given advice about the follow-up dose you need to have to give you maximum protection against the virus.

You may be asked to wait for 15 minutes before you leave the centre so we can be sure you are ok before you travel. It is advised that you do not drive for at least 15 minutes after the vaccination.

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