Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Guidance for Public Bookings

The Covid-19 vaccination programme is rolling out at pace and we have compiled below guidance on booking a vaccination, to support individuals, organisations and communities across Birmingham and the surrounding areas.

Over 70s now eligible to book a vaccination

Did you know that anyone aged 70 or over can now book an appointment for their #COVID19 vaccination?

Help us protect your loved ones and encourage any family or friends over 70 to book at appointment by calling 119 or clicking here.

Further information from the BSoL website: Vaccination sites across Birmingham

For a full list of vaccination sites across Birmingham please click here.

For mass vaccination centres, eligible individuals can book here. If you cannot book online, you can also phone 119.

When booking, you will need:

  • Your name and date of birth
  • Your NHS number, which will be at the top of your letter

You may be contacted separately by your GP. You can choose to have your appointment at a mass centre or local vaccination services. 

Vaccination Centres FAQs

A list of Frequently Asked Questions has been provided through Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group, as part of the Black Country and West Birmingham communications.

Vaccination Centre FAQs can be viewed here

Public Questions for the local COVID Outbreak Engagement Board

The Local COVID Outbreak Engagement Board, at Birmingham City Council, is a sub-group of the Health and Wellbeing Board and is focused on supporting oversight and public engagement with the local response to COVID-19 outbreaks in Birmingham.

The Health and Wellbeing Board and its sub-groups are keen to address community concerns and welcome community engagement in the form of questions to be submitted as per the guidance on the Question Page. 

Please note that individual questions will not be responded to. Lines of questioning will be grouped into themes and discussed at meetings.

Questions should relate to the specific focus of the Local COVID Outbreak Engagement Board, questions about other aspects of COVID and other areas of health and wellbeing can be asked through the Health and Wellbeing Board itself and other relevant sub-groups.

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Birmingham and Solihull COVID-19 Vaccination Update
18 February 2021

As you will have seen in the news, the UK has reached its 15 million vaccination target and therefore the next two cohorts (5 and 6) have been opened up to enable more people to be immunised.

These are:
Cohort 5 - all those 65 years of age and over
Cohort 6 - all ‘clinically vulnerable’ individuals aged 16 years to 64 years (those with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality)

The JCVI defines patients who are ‘clinically vulnerable’ as those with:

  • chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis and severe asthma
  • chronic heart disease (and vascular disease)
  • chronic kidney disease
  • chronic liver disease
  • chronic neurological disease including epilepsy
  • Down’s syndrome
  • severe and profound learning disability
  • diabetes
  • solid organ, bone marrow and stem cell transplant recipients
  • people with specific cancers
  • immunosuppression due to disease or treatment
  • asplenia and splenic dysfunction
  • morbid obesity
  • severe mental illness

The Green Book also outlines that younger adults in long-stay nursing and residential care settings and adult carers (those in receipt of a carer's allowance or who are the sole or primary carer of a person who is at high risk from COVID) will also fall into this cohort. It adds that the list is not exhaustive and GPs will need to use their clinical judgment' to take account of the risk of COVID-19 and any underlying health conditions.

How are the new cohorts being contacted?

The pace of the vaccination programme has increased significantly, and already NHS England has sent out letters to all over 65s inviting them to book their appointments.

PCNs will be contacting those patients who fall into Cohort 6, based on their medical history, to attend an appointment.

Vaccine hesitancy – communication toolkits

We know that there are groups who are unsure about taking the vaccine and as such considerable work is being undertaken to reassure and promote the safety and efficacy of the vaccine particularly among our BAME communities and younger female colleagues. We continue to produce social media assets and updated FAQs to support answering questions and promoting the vaccination programme.

Our dedicated website, which had over 90,000 views last week alone, is updated daily and contains social media images, staff and public case studies, videos from BAME local clinicians, translated leaflets, interfaith messages, recordings of online sessions and mythbusters. You can access these here

We’d encourage you to share these resources on your channels and to flag any new myths, rumours etc to us so we can address these in any new materials.

Further information and queries
For general information about the vaccine including directions to the Vaccination Centres, please visit the Birmingham and Solihull Covid Vaccination website here.

For any queries regarding Covid vaccination for health and social care staff should be directed to [email protected]

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