The over 40s can now book their lifesaving Covid-19 boosters and are being encouraged to do so as soon as possible.

Boosters are available 6 months after the second dose, and appointments can be made either online or by calling 119 up to a month before vaccinations are due.

As well as anyone aged 40 and over, boosters are also available to people who live and work in care homes, frontline health and social care workers, people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19, people who are a main carer for someone at high risk from Covid-19 and people who live with someone who is more likely to get infections. 

Pregnant women in one of the above eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

Please note, if an individual has tested positive for Covid-19 they will need to wait for 28 days from the date they first had symptoms, or the date of their positive test if they did not have any symptoms, before they can have their booster.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "The Covid-19 vaccine has had a clear impact, helping to protect people from this deadly virus and reducing hospitalisations.

"However, data shows that the protection from infection provided by vaccines wanes over time. That's why it is important to get your booster, and to top up your immunity over the winter months – so, to keep yourself, your loved ones and everyone else as safe as possible, please book your booster when you can. 

“It’s great news that the over 40s are now eligible for the booster, and I would urge them to get theirs as soon as it is due. Remember that you cannot have the booster until 6 months have passed since you had your second dose, but you can now book it a month earlier."

First and second doses of the vaccination remain available to anyone who hasn't already had it, and they are encouraged to come forward to protect themselves and others. They can get these without an appointment at walk in centres operating throughout Wolverhampton – for details, please visit COVID-19 vaccination – or they can book a jab by calling 119 or visiting Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Latest figures show there were 313.9 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last 7 days. That means 826 people tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of cases will likely be higher.