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.

Birmingham and Solihull Vaccination Update

Update as at 28/10/2021

12 to 15-year-olds – Grab a Jab weekends

This week we have held 12-15s clinics at Edgbaston, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, which have been well attended. At these appointments parents have also had their jabs (either first, second or boosters) and some immunosuppressed families have come forward together.

In order to further widen access, NHS England have asked that all systems take part in their ‘Grab a Jab’ weekends (you may remember these from the summer campaign) and therefore Edgbaston will now be offering walk-in availability for 12-15s on the following days between 10am – 4pm;

  • Sunday 31 October
  • Sunday 7 November
  • Sunday 14 November

All 12-15s must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and resident in Birmingham and Solihull.

COVID-19 boosters

We have given over 100,000 booster doses in BSol. Currently, Solihull has the highest uptake at around 75%.  There are a number of walk-in clinics, pharmacies and GPs offering the vaccine booster as well as plenty of capacity at Edgbaston Vaccination Centre.

View the available walk-in clinics here: www.birminghamandsolihullcovidvaccine.nhs.uk/walk-ins.

Pregnancy

View the following animation showing the statistics around pregnant women and Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)https://vimeo.com/631032740/807ee0e0ca

Further updates

Clean Air Zone exemption for vaccination appointments

As many of you will be aware, on 1 June 2021 Birmingham is set to introduce a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in order to reduce harmful emission and improve air quality in our city. This will see polluting vehicles charged £8 enter the zone. The Clean Air Zone tariff only applies to those vehicles which do not comply with the low emissions regulations therefore the majority of people (approx. 80%) will not be affected.

Millennium Point VC is within the zone and therefore to prevent those attending for a COVID-19 vaccination, we have put in place a voucher system to exempt customers from the charge. Visitors will be given a unique voucher code at their appointment alongside the car park ticket validation. This code can be entered into the payment portal to zero the charge. We are hoping to have staff on site with access to the portal to help people with using the CAZ portal if they want to do it there and then.

Vaccine passports

As you may have read, the NHS App went live with vaccination status on Monday 17 May. This will provide a ‘passport’ model for people to provide they have been vaccinated in order to travel or take part in other activities. We anticipate this will increase demand for vaccinations.

The link below details how people will be able to access details of their vaccinations for travel from 17 May. It makes it clear that GPs cannot provide this information. Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Public Health England Covid Vaccine resources: https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/

COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting

Although serious side effects are very rare, if you experience any of the following from around 4 days to 4 weeks after vaccination you should seek medical advice urgently:

  • a new, severe headache which is not helped by usual painkillers or is getting worse
  • a headache which seems worse when lying down or bending over
  • an unusual headache that may be accompanied by:
    • blurred vision, nausea and vomiting
    • difficulty with your speech
    • weakness, drowsiness or seizures
  • new, unexplained pinprick bruising or bleeding
  • shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal pain

Further information can be found at NHS.UK.           

Public Health England Covid Vaccine resources: https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/

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.

https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/place/lcoeb/

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