People are being urged to get their Covid-19 booster jab as soon as they are able to top up their immunity levels this winter.

The NHS will contact people who are eligible for the vaccine, and anyone who receives an invite should book online or by calling 119 as soon as possible. 

The NHS says that if you have not received an invite but it has been 6 months and 1 week since your second dose, you can try to book your appointment online without an invite.

At least 50% of eligible people in England have already received a top up coronavirus vaccine, NHS England confirmed today (Tuesday 26 October).

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, or who are a main carer for someone at high risk from Covid-19, or who live with someone who is more likely to get infections. People who are pregnant and in one of these eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

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, both helping to protect people from this deadly virus and reducing hospitalisations.

"However, data shows that the natural immunity provided by vaccines will wane over time, particularly for older adults and those more at risk from Covid. Recent studies suggest protection against death falls from 99% to 90% for Pfizer and from 95% to 80% for AstraZeneca after 6 months.

"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 safe, please book your booster when you get the call. Remember that you cannot have the booster until 6 months have passed since you had your second dose.”

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

Meanwhile, 1 dose of the Pfizer vaccine is being offered to all 12 to 15 year olds in Wolverhampton through an in school vaccination programme which is now underway.

All children require permission from a parent or a guardian before they are able to be vaccinated. Parents or guardians with questions about the vaccination can visit GOV.UK for further information.