The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that an offer of an initial booster dose should end when the current autumn booster programme ends, and people can no longer get appointments for a booster through the National Booking System.
However, walk-in booster appointments remain available at pop-up clinics operating across Wolverhampton until 31 March, 2023, for anyone aged 18 and over. First and second vaccinations continue to be available as normal.
The pop-up clinics, delivered by Central Health in partnership with the City of Wolverhampton Council, are held at Park Village Education Centre, Cannock Road, Low Hill, every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm and every Tuesday from 1 to 7pm, and Bilston Strengthening Families Hub, Bilston Market, every Thursday and Friday from 9am to 3pm.
There are also clinics at the Bob Jones Community Hub, Bromley Street, Blakenhall on Thursdays from 3 to 7pm, and at The Good Shepherd, Waterloo Road (opposite Molineux Stadium) this Wednesday (15 February) from 11.30am to 2pm. No appointment is necessary.
Sally Roberts, Chief Nursing Officer for the NHS Black Integrated Care Board, said: “Thanks to the success of the booster programme, and the hundreds of thousands of people who have already come forward for a vaccine, the NHS is now in a position to pause the booster rollout.
“If you are eligible for a Covid-19 booster vaccine, whether that’s an initial booster dose or an autumn booster, please come forward before it’s too late. The vaccine will top up your immunity against the virus and keep you and your loved ones protected.
“The offer of a first and second dose will still be available for those who are yet to come forward, so please do take up the offer as soon as you can.”
Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, added: "Although infection rates are thankfully falling, Covid-19 remains very dangerous and even life-threatening for some, especially older people or those with long term health conditions.
"The good news is that the vaccination reduces the chance of people suffering serious effects from Covid-19. We have plenty of walk-in clinics operating throughout Wolverhampton, as well as pre-bookable appointments, and so I would therefore urge everyone who is eligible to come forward and get protected and, if you want the booster, to make sure you get it as soon as possible.
“Our friendly registered healthcare professions are also happy to answer any questions, or to discuss any anxieties or concerns people may have about vaccinations, so feel free to pop along for a chat.”