Frontline health and social care staff are being reminded to get their Covid-19 vaccine booster as soon as they are able to.

All frontline health and social care staff are eligible for a booster dose of vaccine, to improve the levels of protection it gives them, 6 months after their second dose. Many people working in these roles were part of the first phase of the vaccination programme, so would have received their second dose around 6 months ago. This means they will now be eligible now.

People who work in frontline health and social care do not have to wait to be contacted. Anyone who works in these roles or is an adult carer can book their booster online at NHS or by calling NHS 119. Boosters can only be administered 6 months after the second dose was received and appointments can be booked once the 6 month period has passed.

Councillor Linda Leach, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: “People most at risk of serious illness from Covid-19, along with those who work in health and social care, are being offered a booster shot to improve the levels of protection they get from the vaccines.

“This is being done in order of priority, much like the initial roll-out of first doses, and the booster injection must be 6 months after you had your second dose.

“If you work in a frontline health or social care role or if you are an adult carer, you can book your booster shot yourself as soon as it is due. By boosting your vaccination not only are you improving the protection you get from coronavirus, you are also reducing the chances of passing it on to people around you, who tend to be at high risk from the virus.”

Vaccine boosters are also being offered to people who are most at risk from Covid-19 who had their second dose of a vaccine at least 6 months ago. 

This includes everyone over the age of 50, people over the age of 16 with who are clinically extremely vulnerable, people who live in the same household as vulnerable people and people experiencing homelessness. For most of these groups, boosters are being arranged through GPs, so they should wait to be contacted.

For anyone who has yet to have either a first or second dose of Covid-19 vaccine it is not too late. Walk-in vaccination clinics are open across Wolverhampton for anyone aged 16 or older. Full details can be found at COVID-19 vaccination