Health and social care staff and unpaid carers are being urged to get their life saving Covid-19 vaccination by the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Services – who had her first jab on Sunday.

Councillor Linda Leach said: "I received my first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine at Alfred Squire Road in Wednesfield. 

"It was very professionally run and very quick. The staff were very friendly and calming and all appropriate Covid-19 measures were in place, so it was no problem at all.

"I felt a little queasy and tired afterwards, with some flu like symptoms, but it's all worth it and to know that I am on my way to getting my life back is brilliant.

"The vaccine is safe and we have seen a wealth of evidence that it offers a very high level of protection against Covid-19, including reducing the chance of people passing the virus on to others, so as soon as you are eligible for the jab, please make sure you get yours.

"In particular I urge all health and social care workers and unpaid carers to get their vaccine now, if they haven't already. They have done an incredible job throughout the pandemic, providing vital support for their patients, loved ones and friends and keeping them safe from Covid-19, and it is vital they get as much protection as they can against this deadly virus."

The vaccine is currently available to anyone aged 55 and over; anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable; frontline health and social care workers; and people who are in receipt of Carer's Allowance or are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if their carer falls ill. It will be rolled out to further priority groups in due course.

For more information about the vaccine, including the answers to frequently asked questions, please visit Covid-19 Vaccine. People will need to register with a GP surgery in England in order to receive the vaccine. For more details, please visit NHS – GPs.  

Latest figures show there were 60.2 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the 7 days to 13 March. That means 158 people in the city tested positive for the virus in that 7 day period – though the true number of new cases will likely be higher.

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at GOV.UK and on the council’s own coronavirus pages. Information about the vaccine can be found at Covid-19 Vaccine. Further details of the restrictions currently in place, and the answers to frequently asked questions, are available at COVID Alert