Anyone who is either over 38, or who will turn 38, before 1 July are encouraged to arrange their vaccine appointment through the national booking website, Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.
The vaccine is also currently available to anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable; people with a learning disability; frontline health and social care workers; and people who are in receipt of Carer's Allowance or are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if their carer falls ill.
People who are eligible for, but have not yet had, their first jab are asked to get it as a matter of urgency. Meanwhile an increasing number of people are now receiving their second dose, giving them greater protection against the deadly virus.
Latest figures show that nearly 194,000 Covid-19 jabs have been administed in Wolverhampton, with 130,723 people receiving their first dose and 63,229 people fully vaccinated after having both.
John Denley, Wolverhampton’s Director of Public Health, said: “The vaccine is the best protection we have against Covid-19, and the latest evidence shows that even just a single dose can cut transmission to others by up to half.
“By getting your jab, you are not only helping to protect yourself, but also your family and the wider community – so if you are aged 38 or over, or fall into one of the other categories for eligibility, please book your vaccination as soon as poossible.”
For more information about the vaccine, including the answers to frequently asked questions, please visit Covid-19 Vaccine or Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination. People will need to register with a GP surgery in England in order to receive the vaccine. For more details, please visit NHS-GPs.
John added: “Please remember that even once you have had both doses of the vaccine, you must still continue to adhere to the measures the Government has put in place to stop the spread of Covid-19, and follow the Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air guidance. Please also have a regular Covid-19 rapid test.”
For details of rapid testing, please visit Lateral Flow Home Test Kits. Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19, which include a fever, a new continuous cough or a change to the sense of taste or smell, must immediately self-isolate and book a PCR test by visiting GOV.UK or calling 119.
The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at GOV.UK and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at Coronavirus advice and information. Further details of the restrictions currently in place, and the answers to frequently asked questions, are available at Covid Alert.