AS Covid rates increase in Dudley borough, residents are being urged to come forward for their three vaccination doses.

Data shows the seven days up to January 2, the incident rate was 2,090 per 100,000, equivalent to 6,738 cases, with the rate for the over 60s 1,212 per 100,000, equivalent to 1,017 cases.

Vaccine appointments can be booked at or there are several walk-in sites open across the borough.

Saltwells Education and Development Centre in Bowling Green Road Dudley is now offering walk-in vaccines as well as by appointment for anyone over the age of 12.

For those over 16, walk-in sites include Wordsley Community Centre, Milan Chemist in Netherton, Wellington Road Community Centre in Dudley, Hindu Cultural (Mata Da Mandir) in King Street Dudley, St Francis Church, in Poplar Road, Dudley and Manor Pharmacy, Manor Way, Halesowen.

Sally Roberts, chief nursing officer for NHS Black Country and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, said its not too late to get jabbed.

She said: “We know that vaccines have been extremely effective against existing COVID-19 variants, but they are most effective against the Omicron variant when you have had a first, second and booster dose.

“Vaccination remains our best defence against the virus, but it doesn’t mean you won’t get it. Some people may still get COVID-19, however a full vaccination course will reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill and help to reduce the risk of you passing it on.

“There are over 100 vaccination sites across the local area, so it’s never been easier to get vaccinated.”

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, Dudley Council cabinet member for health and wellbeing said:

“With the New Year a time for making resolutions, I’d ask everyone to make getting their vaccine a priority, whether they’re due their first, second or eligible for their booster jab.

“Rates are continuing to rise, so if you are still in need of your vaccine or booster please don’t delay in getting yourself protected.”