Don't wait for a call – that's the message to people who are due the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, or their booster jab.

Residents can have their second dose 8 weeks after their first vaccination, while those eligible for the booster jab should get it 6 months after the second dose.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "The Covid-19 vaccine offers a high level of protection against coronavirus, so it's important that people get theirs as soon as they can.

"If you are now due your second dose, or your booster – or, indeed, you haven't had your first jab yet – you no longer need to wait for a call from your GP to arrange it.

"Instead, you can pop along and get your first or second dose at one of the walk-in or bookable sites operating in Wolverhampton; you can find out where and when they are taking place by visiting Covid-19 vaccination.

"Alternatively, you can book your first or second dose over the phone by calling 119 or by logging on to NHS.

“And if it is now six months since you’ve had your second jab and you are in one of the groups eligible for the booster, you can book that by calling 119 or at NHS."  

Boosters are available to anyone aged 50 and over, 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. Women who are pregnant and in one of these eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

Latest figures show over 850 people in Wolverhampton tested positive for the virus last week – though the true number of cases will likely be higher – and Councillor Jaspal added: “Clearly Covid-19 is still posing a major threat to our daily lives, so the sooner everyone has built up as much protection as they can by getting the vaccine – whether it is their first or second jab, or their booster – the better.”