With new research suggesting people who are fully vaccinated are less likely to suffer from ‘long Covid’, residents are being encouraged to get their jabs as soon as they are due.

The UK Health Security Agency looked at a number of national and international studies, with most suggesting people who have had at least one or two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine were less likely to develop symptoms of long Covid after infection compared with unvaccinated people.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "We know that the vaccine is the best defence we have against Covid-19, and it now seems as though it is the best defence against long Covid, too.

"Some studies have even suggested that getting vaccinated could help people already living with long Covid.

"Remember, if you are due a second dose or a booster, or you haven't had your first one yet, it's not too late. Your vaccination is ready and waiting for you, and you can get it right away without an appointment at one of the walk-in clinics operating throughout Wolverhampton."

For a full list of local vaccination centres, please visit Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site. To book an appointment in advance, please visit Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination or call 119. 

For most people symptoms of long Covid, such as fatigue, loss of smell, shortness of breath and difficulty concentrating, are short lived and resolve over time. But for some, they can be more severe and disrupting to their daily lives. People who are concerned about their recovery from Covid-19 should visit Supporting your recovery after COVID-19 or speak to their GP.

Further information about long Covid is available at Long term effects of COVID (Long COVID). 

There were 345.7 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last 7 days. That means 909 people tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of cases will likely be higher.