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6th Dec, 2021

One covid vaccine given every minute in Solihull at walk in clinic

Sarah Mason 25th Nov, 2021

THERE were queues for Covid booster jabs outside a pop-up clinic over the weekend.

More than one person was jabbed every minute as 1,625 Silhillians rolled up their sleeves at the walk-in clinic in Solihull town centre.

Solihull Council has worked with the local NHS Covid-19 vaccination service to convert the community test hub, between Pret a Manger and Halifax bank on High Street, into a permanent vaccination centre.

It is open daily, from 8am to 6pm.

Residents can turn up to the hub without an appointment to receive first, second or booster doses (boosters must be at least 6 months or 182 days after second doses).

Alternatively residents can book an appointment at the centre via the national booking system.

Some GP surgeries are also offering booster vaccinations – they will contact patients directly.

Dr Tara Shah, GP principal for Bosworth Medical Group, clinical director for North Solihull Primary Care Network (PCN) and national screening committee (NCS) Covid vaccination clinical lead said: “Getting our recommended Covid vaccinations is the single most important action we can all take to protect ourselves and others from the virus.

“Particularly at this time of year, when the temperatures drop and we begin to mix more indoors.

“Me and colleagues from 24 GP practices covering the five PCN’s across Solihull are vaccinating seven days a week.”

In Solihull 83 per cent of people aged over 12 have had the first dose of the vaccine.

The Council has also moved its Covid-19 testing services to the former Dorothy Perkins shop in Mell Square.

This service is for people who do not have symptoms to get a lateral flow test, or pick up test kits to use at home.

The opening hours are Monday to Friday 8am until 4.30pm, Saturdays 9am until 4.30pm and Sundays 10am until 3.30pm.

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