All adults in Wolverhampton are now eligible for their life-saving Covid-19 jab after the NHS opened up vaccinations to everyone aged 18 and over on Friday.

And, with the Delta variant driving an increase in infection numbers in many parts of the country including Wolverhampton, people are encouraged to book their vaccination appointment via NHS as soon as possible. 

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “The vaccine is the best protection we have against Covid-19 and it is proving to be highly effective against the new Delta variant.

“It's great news that all adults in Wolverhampton can now book their jabs and I would encourage people to make their appointment today if they haven’t already done so. 

“Please also remember that you need to get both doses to have the maximum possible level of protection."

Latest figures show that well over 90% of people aged 70 and over in Wolverhampton have now had their vaccine, along with more than 86% of over 60s and at least 80% of people aged 50+. In addition, over a third of Wulfrunians aged 18 to 29 have already received at least one dose.

In total, 153,197 people in Wolverhampton have received their first jab, while 112,603 residents have had both doses.

For more information about the vaccine, including the answers to frequently asked questions, please visit Covid-19 Vaccine or NHS

Councillor Jaspal 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 get a regular rapid test to reassure yourselves and others that you don’t have the virus.”

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.

Further details of the restrictions currently in place, and the answers to frequently asked questions, are available at COVID Alert