The Saddlers Vaccination Centre
The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is our best defence against the virus.
It is clinically approved and highly effective against the virus and it is currently being rolled out across the West Midlands to priority groups at various locations including The Saddlers Vaccination Centre in Walsall.
Get the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Saddlers Vaccination Centre is located in the Saddlers Shopping Centre (in the former TJ Hughes shop) in the town centre:
Saddlers Shopping Centre
There are two main pedestrian entrances to the Centre, one from Park Street and the other from Bradford Street.
It will be run on a strictly appointment basis only, with people being sent letters from the National NHS Booking Service, with information on how they can book their appointments prior to arrival.
Please do not attend the centre if you do not have an appointment.
Visiting by car
The Saddlers Shopping Centre has its own car park can be found on Bridgeman Street and Bradford Street. If you are using a SATNAV to find us, please enter our postcode WS2 9NW to bring you directly into the car park (please note there is a two metre height restriction for this car park) .
Anyone attending for their vaccination appointment will be eligible for one hours free parking.
Alternatively there are lots of other pay and display car parks located within walking distance of the centre and many without height restrictions.
Visiting by bus
Saddlers Shopping Centre is also easily reached by bus, with several routes stopping outside the Bradford Street entrance.
Visiting by rail
Walsall is on the main line between Birmingham to the South, and Wolverhampton and Stafford to the North. The entrance to the station will bring you straight into the heart of Saddlers Shopping Centre.
For more information about the Saddlers Shopping Centre click here.
You can only book your appointment if you have received a letter from National NHS Booking Service.
For vaccination centres, eligible individuals can book online at: www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
If you cannot book online, you can also phone 119.
If you are a member of staff you will be given access to a booking portal and additional booking information from your employing organisation.
When booking, you will need:
- Your name and date of birth
- Your NHS number, which will be at the top of your letter
You may also be contacted by your GP inviting you to have your appointment at your surgery or another vaccination centre in Walsall.
Please do not contact your GP practice or if you haven’t received an invite yet.
The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Read the latest JCVI advice on priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccination on GOV.UK
You can expect your appointment to take around 45 minutes.
Please bring your invitation letter with you as we will need your NHS number to update your records. If you have been invited by your GP you may not receive a letter.
Unless you require a nominated carer for medical reasons please attend your appointment alone. Please do not bring any other family members or friends as they will not be offered the vaccine or be able to wait in the centre.
At Vaccination Centres, interpreting services will be available to translate and staff will be able to help you should you need their assistance.
Please wear a face covering when attending your appointment (unless you are medically exempt) and remember to keep two metres apart. You will be asked to sanitise your hands on the way in and when leaving.
The vaccination is given in your upper arm so loose clothing is advisable.
There are no toilets within the vaccination building but there are toilets and disabled facilities within the main Shopping Centre.
You may wish to bring a drink with you as no refreshments will be provided when attending your appointment.
Do not attend your appointment 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, fever or high temperature, loss of taste and/or loss of smell.
On arrival, you will be checked-in by a member of staff and you will be asked to show your invitation letter with your NHS number. You will be asked to confirm your date of birth and postcode and to confirm you have no symptoms of COVID-19 and that you have not had a flu jab in the last 7 days.
You will then have a basic pre assessment health check, which includes questions about any allergies you have 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 taken the vaccination area and 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 (similar to a flu jab).
After you have been vaccinated, you will be given advice about the follow-up dose you need to have to give you maximum protection against the virus.
You may be asked to wait for 15 minutes before you leave the centre so we can be sure you are ok before you travel. It is advised that you do not drive for at least 15 minutes after the vaccination.
A video showing you the vaccination journey is below:
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine click here.
Guidance information leaflets on the COVID-19 vaccine are also available in a range of different languages. You can access these by clicking here.