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COVID vaccination information

Vaccination clinics are running almost every Sunday morning. Please book an appointment via the link below. There may also be some walk in appointments subject to vaccine availability.

All people over 18 are now eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccine. You may also book in for a first or second dose if you have not had those yet.

People aged 75 and over can book for a spring booster. We will also vaccinate children over 5 who are eligible.

You do not need to be an NHS patient to get the vaccine.

Request an appointment via the National Booking Service

COVID-19 Vaccine Autumn Booster

This autumn a COVID-19 booster will be offered to the following groups:
• Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
• Frontline health and social care workers
• All adults aged 50 years and over
• Persons aged 5 to 49 years in a clinical risk group
• Persons aged 5 to 49 years who are household contacts of people with
immunosuppression
• Persons aged 16 to 49 years who are carers

We will update this page when we have more information on this. You cannot book for an Autumn Booster yet.

Pre-vaccination questionnaire
Children

Children aged 12-15 will be vaccinated at school but can be vaccinated with us instead. We can also vaccinate children aged 5 and above.

Flu vaccination

Some people will be able to also receive a flu vaccine at the same time, depending on supply and eligibility criteria. You may wish to download and print a questionnaire:

What you need to do

  • Download, print and fill in the pre-vaccination questionnaire above if you can.
  • Remember to eat and drink before your appointment.
  • Wear clothing that easily allows you to expose the very top of your arm (near your shoulder).
  • On arrival, you will be asked to fill in a brief pre-vaccination questionnaire if you haven’t done this already. Bring a pen and your NHS number if you can, to fill in the form.
  • Please queue in a socially distanced manner for your vaccination.
  • Chairs will be provided for those who need to sit.
  • Give your questionnaire to your vaccinator.
  • After your vaccination, you can stay in the building for 15 minutes after the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine (in case of a reaction to the vaccination – which is very, very rare. If this happens, please alert a member of staff). Once you have waited 15 minutes you can leave without needing to tell anyone.
Please read the following information:

https://www.birminghamandsolihullcovidvaccine.nhs.uk/what-you-need-to-know/

Proof of Vaccination

You will be given a card when you receive your vaccine. You can also get proof of your vaccination history via the BSOL App or the NHS App. (This is not to be confused with the NHS Covid-19 App). See the government website for more information.

The NHS COVID Pass is the digital version of proof of Covid-19 vaccine status which has been available for international travel since May. This can be accessed via the existing NHS App, the downloadable version accessed through NHS.net or a letter can be requested by calling 119.

The Vaccine Data Resolution Service (VDRS) can be reached by dialing 119 on your phone. They can edit and amend missing records. Please do not contact your GP with record queries. Unfortunately, VDRS does not cover vaccinations given abroad yet.


What is the EU Digital Covid-19 Certificate?

This is currently for EU citizens only, or third country nationals legally staying or resident in the EU.

How the vaccine is given

The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm. It is given as two doses.

COVID-19 vaccine side effects

Most side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm where the needle went in
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy

You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.

If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection.

If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call 111.

There have been very rare reports of myocarditis and pericarditis occurring after vaccination with COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2, often in younger men and shortly after the second dose of the vaccine. These are typically mild cases and individuals tend to recover within a short time following standard treatment and rest.

Healthcare professionals should be alert to the signs and symptoms of myocarditis and pericarditis. Vaccinated individuals should also seek immediate medical attention should they experience new onset of chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations or arrhythmias.

The COVID-19 vaccines remain highly effective in protecting people from COVID-19 and have already saved thousands of lives. These events are extremely rare and tend to be mild when they do occur. Our advice remains that the benefits of getting vaccinated outweigh the risks in the majority of people. It is still vitally important that people come forward for their first and second vaccination when invited to do so, unless advised otherwise.

How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?

The vaccines approved for use in the UK have been developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca.

They have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.

Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.

So far, thousands of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare. No long-term complications have been reported.

Read about the approved Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 by MHRA on GOV.UK

Read about the approved Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19 by MHRA on GOV.UK

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

The 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will give you some protection from coronavirus. But you need to have the 2 doses of the vaccine to give you the best protection.

There is a chance you might still get or spread coronavirus even if you have the vaccine.

This means it is important to:

  • continue to follow social distancing guidance
  • if you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth in places where it’s hard to stay away from other people

Information:

Read more about why vaccines are safe and important, including how they work and what they contain.

Allergic reactions

Tell staff before you are vaccinated if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).

You should not have the vaccine if you’ve ever had a serious allergic reaction to any ingredients in the vaccine.

If you do have a reaction to the vaccine, it usually happens in minutes. Staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.

Read the latest COVID-19 vaccine advice if you have a history of allergies by MHRA on GOV.UK

You can report any suspected side effect using the Yellow Card safety scheme.

Visit Yellow Card for further information

COVID-19 vaccine ingredients

The COVID-19 vaccine does not contain any animal products or egg.

The ingredients of the Pfizer vaccine are:

  • polyethylene glycol/macrogol (PEG) as part of ALC-0159.
  • ALC-0315 = (4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl)bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis(2-hexyldecanoate)
  • ALC-0159 = 2-[(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamide
  • 1,2-Distearoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine
  • Cholesterol
  • Potassium chloride
  • Potassium dihydrogen phosphate
  • Sodium chloride
  • Disodium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate
  • Sucrose
  • Water for injections

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

There’s no evidence the COVID-19 vaccine is unsafe if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

The JCVI has updated its advice to recommend you may be able to have the vaccine if you’re:

  • pregnant and at high risk of serious complications of coronavirus
  • if you’re breastfeeding

You do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination. The vaccine cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.

Read the latest COVID-19 vaccine advice if you’re pregnant, may get pregnant or are breastfeeding on GOV.UK