Older and more vulnerable people in Wolverhampton will be offered a Covid-19 booster vaccine to give them added protection this spring.

Following guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JVCI), a second booster will be offered to people aged 75 and over, older adults in residential care, and anyone aged 12 and over who is immunosuppressed or has a weakened immune system.

Eligible adults will be offered either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while eligible 12 to 18-year-olds can have the Pfizer vaccine.

John Denley, Wolverhampton’s Director of Public Health, said: “With Covid-19 case numbers rising in all age groups, both locally and nationally, it is really important that those eligible for this booster come forward when they are invited to do so.

“We know that the vaccine provides the best protection against serious illness from Covid-19, so please take up the offer of vaccination as soon as you are able to.”

Those eligible for the booster will be contacted by the NHS when it is their turn to receive the vaccine. Once invited, they will be able to book their appointment online via NHS or by calling 119.

Dr Masood Ahmed, Chief Medical Officer for NHS Black Country and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It’s fantastic that we can now offer spring boosters to the most vulnerable people in our communities. 

“We know that immunity to Covid-19 can begin to wane after time, so it’s important that we ensure that the elderly and those with weakened immune systems have the highest level of protection against Covid-19.

“I would urge anyone who is contacted by the NHS to book their spring booster as soon as possible. For those who haven’t yet been contacted, we will be in touch when it’s your turn so please wait until you hear from us.”

Mr Denley added: “It’s important to remember that Covid-19 hasn’t gone away and so, to protect yourself and those around you, it’s important that you come forward for your vaccine as soon as you are able to – whether it is your first or second dose, or your booster if you are eligible.”

For details of local walk-in Covid-19 vaccination clinics, offering first, second and booster jabs, please visit NHS. People can also book an appointment via NHS or by calling 119.

There were 481.8 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last 7 days. That means 1,267 people tested positive for the virus in that same period. However, as we see a decline in regular testing, we can expect that the true number of cases is significantly higher.