Adult care home staff have 2 weeks in which to get their first Covid-19 vaccination, in order to be fully vaccinated by the date that it becomes mandatory for all care home workers to be double jabbed.

The Government has made it mandatory for all adult care home workers in England – including care staff and any workers whose duties require them to enter an adult care home – to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 from 11 November, 2021, unless they are medically exempt.

That means workers have until Thursday 16 September to get the first dose of their vaccine so that they can be fully vaccinated in time, allowing for an 8 week gap between doses.

Councillor Linda Leach, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: "We cannot lose sight of the fact that Covid-19 hasn't gone away. Almost 1,000 people in Wolverhampton tested positive for the virus in the last week alone.

“People living in adult care homes are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19 and we need to do all we can to stop it from getting into our care homes.

“It’s reassuring that nearly 9 in 10 adult care home staff in Wolverhampton have already had the vaccine, and I would encourage the remainder – and anyone else who is required to go into a care home for work purposes – to get theirs as soon as possible if they can. 

“Please remember that, to be fully vaccinated by 11 November, you must have your first jab by 16 September, so time is of the essence.”

People can book their vaccine by visiting NHS or calling 119. There are also dozens of walk-in clinics taking place in Wolverhampton each week, offering first or second doses to anyone aged 18 and over and, in many cases, 16+. Full details, including locations, opening times and vaccine type, are available at Covid-19 Vaccination

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

Latest figures show there were 368.4 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last 7 days. That means 969 people tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of new cases will likely be higher.