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Sandwell celebrates record booster vaccine numbers

Published 20th December 2021

Sandwell is celebrating two record-breaking days of giving vaccine boosters – and urging anyone who hasn’t yet had one to grab a jab.

On Friday, 3,601 Sandwell residents had their booster – 22% up on the previous record, and 3,892 had theirs on Saturday – another increase of 8%.

Last week across the Black Country and West Birmingham, a total of more than 100,000 vaccine doses were given at pharmacies, GP surgeries, pop-up clinics and walk-in centres.

Sandwell’s Director of Public Health Dr Lisa McNally said: “The new omicron variant is a significant threat. It is spreading much faster than any coronavirus variant we’ve seen before is already causing serious illness and death.

“The best way to protect ourselves is get fully vaccinated.  Whether it’s your first jab or your booster, the teams at our vaccine clinics will be really pleased to see you.

“On Friday 17 December, Sandwell’s residents got a record 3,601 boosters in just one day. On Saturday 18 December that record was broken again, with 3,892 boosters jabs given.

“The Sandwell community has always responded positively to the threat coronavirus poses. Clearly, nothing has changed in that respect.”

Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for adults, social care and health Councillor Suzanne Hartwell said: “I’d urge everyone who hasn’t had their booster, or their first or second dose, yet to get it as soon as they can.

“There are so many places you can get your jab, we have pop-up clinics, walk-in centres and pharmacies all ready to give you your vaccines.

“Please get yours as soon as possible to protect yourself and your loved ones.”

For details on pop-up clinics in Sandwell – where you can get your booster, first or second doses without an appointment – go to www.healthysandwell.co.uk/clinics

Upcoming pop-up clinics offering first and second doses and boosters (Pfizer) without an appointment include:

  • Wednesday 22 December 10am-3pm

St Francis of Assisi, Freeman Rd, Wednesbury WS10 0HJ

  • Thursday 23 December 10am - 3pm

Tipton Muslim Community Centre, Wellington Rd, Tipton, DY4 8RS

  • Wednesday 29 December 10am -3m

YMCA - West Bromwich, Carters Green, West Bromwich, B70 9LG

With more than 100 vaccination sites available across the Black Country and West Birmingham, including shopping centres, sports centres and town centres, as well as local pharmacies and GP surgeries, it’s never been easier to get your jab.

To find another walk-in centre where you can get your jab without an appointment, or to book an appointment at a time to suit you, go to https://www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination If you’re not online, call 119.

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