Eligible people are being reminded that pop-up COVID-19 and flu vaccination clinics remain available across the Black Country this winter.

The community pop-up clinics are being hosted at a range of locations in Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell, with no appointment necessary.

Anyone aged 18 and over who is eligible for an autumn COVID-19 or flu vaccine is encouraged to come forward if they haven’t already done so.

Those eligible include:

  • all adults aged 65 and over
  • care home residents
  • frontline health and social care staff
  • those at increased risk because they are pregnant or have a certain underlying health condition
  • unpaid carers
  • household contacts of those at risk.

Following advice from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), COVID-19 vaccination appointments will no longer be bookable on the National Booking System from Friday 15 December.

However, vaccines will remain available at selected locations on a walk-in basis, including a number of pop-up clinics which will run throughout December. Visit the NHS Black Country Integrated Care Board website for more information

Sally Roberts, Chief Nursing Officer for the NHS Black Country ICB, said: “No one wants to be ill at this time of year. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the festive period and all the fun that comes along with it, without the risk of becoming seriously ill.

“That’s why it’s important that we all do what we can to keep our communities healthy throughout the winter months – particularly those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19 and flu.

“Vaccinations are our best defence against these viruses and remain the best way to protect yourself, your friends and family, so please come forward if you haven’t already done so.

“Our pop-up clinics are a great way for those eligible for a flu or autumn COVID-19 vaccine to get vaccinated at a time and location that suits them, with no appointment necessary.”

Eligible people have until Friday 15 December to book their autumn COVID-19 vaccine online via the National Booking System, or by calling 119.

Calls to 119 are free from mobiles and landlines and the booking service provides support in 200 different languages. Those who have difficulties communicating or hearing, or are a BSL user can use textphone 18001 or the NHS 119 British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter service.

The pop-up vaccination clinics will continue throughout December. Please visit the NHS Black Country ICB website for more information.

Flu vaccinations will also remain available at a range of community pharmacies. To find a pharmacy near you visit the NHS website here.

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