HUNDREDS of people received a Covid-19 vaccine on Christmas Day and Boxing Day in the Black Country.

More than 600 people came forward to receive a booster jab across the two days, as well as first and second doses, via appointments, walk-in centres and pharmacies.

Those who are eligible are being encouraged to come forward for their jab, with thousands of vaccine slots still available over the New Year.

Sally Roberts, Chief Nursing Officer for NHS Black Country and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I would like to thank our staff and volunteers for their tireless and selfless work, sacrificing time with their loved ones to deliver lifesaving jabs on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

“With Omicron cases soaring, and two doses of the vaccine not providing the optimum level of protection that we need, it is vital to get a booster to reduce your risk of serious illness or hospitalisation.

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

“The vaccine remains our best protection for ourselves, our loved ones and our wider community, so please come forward as soon as possible.”

Anyone eligible for a first, second or booster dose can book an appointment online via the National Booking System or by calling 119.