Attending the appointment

In Birmingham and Solihull you will be invited to attend an appointment at your GP surgery or a Vaccination Centre. Walk-in appointments are also available. The latest information on walk-in appointments is available at: Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site (

You can book a vaccine online if you’re eligible and registered with a GP surgery in England at: 

You can expect each vaccination appointment to take around 30 minutes.

It is also advisable to wear loose clothing as the vaccination is given in your upper arm.

Toilets and disabled facilities are available on site. You may wish to bring a drink with you as no refreshments will be provided when attending your appointment.

Please have something to eat and drink before attending your appointment.

Do you have COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms?

Please do not attend if you have tested positive for COVID-19 28 days prior to your appointment, or if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Symptoms include a new persistent cough, a high temperature or shivering, loss of taste and/or loss of smell, shortness of breath, feeling tired or exhausted, an aching body and a headache or sore throat.

What happens at the appointment

On arrival, you will be checked-in by a member of staff and asked for your NHS number. Workaround solutions are available for people who do not have an NHS number. You will be asked to confirm your date of birth and postcode.

You will be asked a few basic questions including about any allergies you have, what COVID-19/flu vaccinations you have recently had, and any medication you are currently taking.

You will be asked to give your consent confirming you are having the vaccine.

You will then be given the vaccination. This is given via a needle into your non-dominant arm/shoulder and will feel no more than a quick sharp scratch.  It is fine to leave and carry on with your day once you have had your vaccination.

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