Eligible people in the Black Country are being reminded to come forward for a winter vaccine and join the hundreds of thousands of people who have already been vaccinated.
The flu and autumn COVID-19 vaccination rollout began on 11 September, with those most at risk of the virus invited first. Since then, more than 120,000 people have come forward for their autumn COVID-19 vaccine, and almost 185,000 people have received their flu vaccine.
Eligible people in the Black Country who have yet to come forward are being urged to take up the offer of the autumn COVID-19 booster and flu vaccine to get protected ahead of winter.
Those eligible for both winter vaccines include people aged 65 and over, those that are pregnant, adults and children (aged six months and above) with certain health conditions, care home residents, frontline health and social care staff, unpaid carers and household contacts of people with a weakened immune system.
Sally Roberts, Chief Nursing Officer for the NHS Black Integrated Care Board, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many people coming forward for a winter vaccination since the roll out began last month. With COVID-19 and flu circulating in our communities, it’s vital that everyone prepares for potential winter illnesses, especially for those who are at higher risk.
“Getting vaccinated helps you and the NHS, which is already facing extreme pressures in the run up what is expected to be a busy winter season. Even if you have previously had a vaccination or been ill with flu or COVID-19 before, immunity fades over time and these viruses change each year, so it is important you top up your protection.
“That’s why we’re urging all those eligible for an autumn COVID-19 booster and a flu vaccine to come forward as soon as possible.”
COVID-19 appointments are available to book online via the National Booking System.
Flu vaccinations can be booked by visiting the NHS website here.
Community pop-up clinics are also being hosted at a range of locations in the Black Country, with flu and autumn COVID-19 vaccines available on a walk-in basis. Click here to find your nearest pop-up clinic.