From Monday, 13 December, half of Spring Head car park in Wednesbury will be available free of charge for those using the vaccination centre at the Wesley Centre Methodist Church, Spring Head, Wednesbury, WS10 9AD. Spaces for Blue Badge holders needing vaccinations will also be retained.
Other town centre users and workers will still be able to pay and display on the half of Spring Head car park nearest to the A461, Walsall Street.
Wednesbury councillors made the request to encourage a greater take-up of vaccinations, and the decision is supported by the Director of Public Health, Dr Lisa McNally.
The half of Spring Head car park nearest to Wharfedale Street will be signed as a ‘Vaccination Centre Car Park’ and will be operated by a parking enforcement officer.
Vaccination centre users will be able to drive into the signed and barriered half of the car park from Spring Head, so that vaccination appointment letters or text message confirmations can be checked before parking. The exit will be via Wharfedale Street.
The pay and display access and exit for other town centre users and workers will be from Spring Head. Pay and display parking is also available around the corner on Ridding Lane car park. The signs and barriers will be in place first thing on Monday morning to guide car park users.
Councillor Ahmad Bostan, Sandwell Council cabinet member for environment, said: “We urge anyone who is eligible to get their booster vaccine. By making half of Spring Head car park free of charge for those using the vaccination centre, we will make it easier for people in Wednesbury to get jabbed and help to protect their community.
“I thank the councillors in Wednesbury for identifying this issue. We have been proud to work with our residents, fellow councillors and partners to understand the needs of our communities and respond rapidly, as demonstrated by the decision to make half of Spring Head car park free of charge for those using the vaccination centre at the Wesley Centre Methodist Church. This will make Sandwell is a place where we all live healthy lives.”
Councillor Suzanne Hartwell, cabinet member for adults, social care and health, said: “During the Covid-19 pandemic, Sandwell Council has been providing vital services, supporting local action and bringing partners together. Everyone should take extra care to prevent the further spread of Covid-19. If you haven’t yet had all your vaccinations, please get your jabs as soon as you can. If you’re eligible for a booster vaccine, get that as well.
“And it’s absolutely crucial that if you have Covid-19 symptoms you stay home and get tested. Ignoring this advice can cost lives.”
To book your Covid-19 vaccine go to www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.