The latest phase of the Covid-19 vaccination programme is well underway, with care home residents, people aged 75 and over, the severely immunosuppressed and frontline health and care workers already invited to get their autumn booster.
Now, appointments are being offered to all adults over the age of 65, as long as it has been 3 months since their last Covid-19 vaccination. Appointments can be booked online via the National Booking System at Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination or by calling 119.
Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Even though things are generally getting back to normal, it's important to remember that Covid-19 hasn't gone away, and that the virus still has the potential to cause serious illness or even death.
"It’s great news that autumn boosters are being made available to the most vulnerable people in our communities which will help increase their immunity as we approach winter, and I would encourage anyone who is eligible to get booked in as soon as possible.”
Sally Roberts, Chief Nursing Officer for the NHS Black Country Integrated Care Board, said: “It’s fantastic that we can now offer all adults over the age of 65 a Covid-19 autumn booster, which will help make sure those at greatest risk maintain high levels of protection against Covid-19 this winter.
“As with the previous phases in the vaccination programme, those most at risk are being invited to receive their booster dose first, and it’s been great to see so many people come forward already.
“It’s vital that those eligible receive their autumn booster and build up protection against severe illness before the winter. So, if you are eligible for a dose, please do come forward as soon as possible.”
Over the coming weeks, those who will become eligible for a Covid-19 autumn booster dose include people aged 50 and over, unpaid carers aged 16 to 49, people aged 5 to 49 in a clinical risk group, including pregnant women, and household contacts of people with weakened immune systems aged 5 to 49.
The autumn booster programme will run alongside the annual flu programme, and where possible those eligible will be offered the booster and flu vaccine together.