Eligible people in Wolverhampton are being invited to have a Spring Covid-19 booster vaccination.

Following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), the latest phase of the Covid-19 vaccination programme is now underway. 

Care home residents were first in line to receive the Spring booster, and it has now been opened up to people who, as of 30 June, 2023, will be aged 75 and over, or those who are aged 5 and over and who have a weakened immune system.

Those eligible for the Spring booster will be contacted by the NHS by letter, text message or via the NHS App. Appointments can be booked via the National Booking System at Book, cancel or change a COVID-19 vaccination appointment or through the NHS App.

John Denley, Wolverhampton's Director of Public Health, said: "Covid-19 hasn't gone away, and it is important that people continue to take precautions to protect themselves from the virus.

"The NHS will prioritise those whose clinical need is greatest, and people who are eligible for a vaccine should make sure appointments take place at least 3 months after their last dose."

Sally Roberts, Chief Nursing Officer for the NHS Black Country Integrated Care Board, added: “Although life has gone back to normal for most people, Covid-19 is still with us and continues to be more serious in older people and in people with certain underlying health conditions.

“Booster doses are safe, effective, and help to top up your protection against serious illness from the virus. So, I would urge anyone who is eligible for a spring booster to book their appointment as soon as they can.”

Spring booster appointments will be available until 30 June. 

Covid-19 vaccinations, including first and second doses, for everyone who was aged 5 on or before 31 August, 2022 will also end after on this date, following recent advice from the JCVI. After 30 June, only people at higher risk will be invited for future vaccinations.

Sally Roberts added: “We encourage anyone eligible who has had just one Covid-19 vaccination, or not had one at all, to come forward for their vaccine as soon as possible before the offer ends in June.”