People who need to enter a registered care home for work or to volunteer have just 48 hours left in which to get the first dose of their lifesaving Covid-19 vaccine so that they can be fully vaccinated by the time new regulations come into force in November.

The Government has said that anyone whose duties require them to enter a registered care home, either for work or to volunteer, must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 from 11 November. That means people have until this Thursday (16 September) to have their first jab so they can have their second dose before the November deadline.

People can get their first or second jab without an appointment at walk in clinics which are operating around Wolverhampton. For locations, times and dates plus vaccine type available, please visit COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccinations can also be booked online at Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines or by calling NHS 119.

People who have not had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine will not be able to enter a care home to work or volunteer after 11 November, unless they are medically exempt.

Latest figures show that 91% of care home workers in Wolverhampton have now had at least one dose of the vaccine, and that 85% have had both. The remainer are urged to get their first dose this week, and their second as soon as it is due.

Councillor Linda Leach, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: "It’s vital that we continue to protect care home residents who are at high risk from this deadly virus.

“Over 91% of care home staff in Wolverhampton have already had at least one dose of 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 are able to.

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

Any care home workers who have any questions or concerns about the vaccine is invited to email and a member of the team will be in touch to discuss these.

Latest figures show there were 335.1 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last 7 days. That means 881 people tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of new cases will likely be higher.