Four fifths of care home residents in Wolverhampton have now received their Covid-19 booster.

And with the flu vaccination programme also well underway in local care homes, many of the city's most vulnerable residents will have maximum protection against both coronavirus and influenza this winter.

Councillor Linda Leach, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: "Hundreds of people in Wolverhampton are still testing positive for Covid-19 every week. 

“People living in residential care are among the most vulnerable to Covid-19 and, particularly with the new more transmissible Omicron variant spreading across the country, we need to carry on doing all we can to keep this virus away from them.

"It's good news that 80% of care home residents have had their booster, giving them vital extra protection against Covid-19 over the coming months.

"I would like to thank health colleagues who have been delivering the vaccination programme in local care settings, and encourage all staff working in care settings to make sure they have their booster as soon as they are able to, if they haven't already."

She added: "Visitors to care homes also have a role to play in keeping residents safe too. They can do this by making sure they are vaccinated against Covid-19, by following the guidance to take a rapid test before making a visit to a care home and following stringent infection prevention measures, to reassure themselves and others that they don't have the virus.”

A number of walk in Covid-19 vaccination clinics are operating in Wolverhampton, including the vaccination service in the Mander Centre (Upper Mall, Central Arcade, opposite Rymans) which is offering first, second and booster vaccinations from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sundays. 

For a full list of local vaccination centres, many of which are offering walk in appointments, please visit NHS. To book an appointment in advance, please visit Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination or call 119.

For more information on rapid testing, please visit Coronavirus Testing.

Latest figures show there were 393 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last 7 days. That means 1,034 people tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of cases will likely be higher.