Local community and voluntary organisations are being encouraged to claim funding of £1,000 to help support the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Wolverhampton.

Registered organisations are eligible for a fixed payment from the Community Vaccine Fund to help tackle vaccine hesitancy in communities with low vaccine uptake and support local residents to get jabbed.

Successful applicants will need to demonstrate how their planned initiatives will help increase vaccination uptake among their users or in the wider community.

Organisations will have the opportunity to work with a variety of stakeholders to help develop their plans and get access to a variety of training materials and support to help them achieve their outcomes.

Additional payments of £35 will be given to organisations for every person who receives a vaccination through their initiative.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “I am thrilled that Wolverhampton has been awarded this additional funding from the Government to promote vaccine uptake.

“This will enable us to build on our engagement work with our communities where we know Covid-19 vaccine uptake is at its lowest.

“We know that the vaccine works and that it provides you with much greater protection from serious illness were you to catch Covid-19. This funding provides us with an opportunity to ensure that all our residents can get the correct information they need regarding the vaccination, to address any uncertainties they may have.

“I would urge all eligible organisations to apply to the Community Vaccine Fund today and help Get Wolverhampton Vaccinated.”

Funding for The Community Vaccine Fund comes from a £185,000 top up grant from the Community Vaccine Champions Programme, which is providing a total of £22.3 million funding across areas showing the lowest rates of Covid-19 vaccination uptake. 

Details on how to apply for funding can be found at Community Vaccine Fund – Get Wolverhampton Vaccinated! The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 14 February, 2022.