NHS Covid Passes will be required to enter certain venues from today (Wednesday 15 December) after Parliament approved their introduction last night.

Visitors aged 18 and over going to nightclubs, unseated indoor venues with a capacity of more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues that hold more than 4,000 people or any venue with more than 10,000 people, will be required to show the pass.

This will demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated, have had a negative Covid-19 test in the last 48 hours, or are otherwise exempt.

The Covid pass is one of a number of measures introduced in recent days as part of the Government's 'Plan B' to stop the spread of Covid-19.

Face coverings are now be required by law in most indoor settings, including shops, banks, post offices, hairdressers, theatres, cinemas and on public transport, unless individuals are exempt, and people who can work from home should do so.

For full details of the new Covid-19 measures, visit GOV.UK.  

Meanwhile, all adults in England can now book their Covid-19 booster. Individuals aged 18 and over can book two months (61 days) after their second dose using the NHS national booking system to get their top-up three months (91 days) after their second dose.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Over 1,100 people in Wolverhampton tested positive for Covid-19 over the last seven days, and we are asking everyone to do their bit and help stop the spread as we enter the Christmas period.

"While we all need to follow the new Plan B rules, including making sure we have the NHS Covid Pass ready where needed, the most important thing we can do keep ourselves and others safe is to get vaccinated as soon as we are able to. 

“So, if you are due your Covid-19 booster, which is now availabe to adults three months after their second dose, or you haven't yet had your first or second Covid vaccination, please come forward as soon as possible.

“Please also continue to get a regular rapid test, particularly if you are planning to meet up with someone who might be more vulnerable or attend crowded venues, to reassure yourselves and others that you don’t have the virus."

A number of Covid-19 walk-in vaccination clinics are operating in Wolverhampton, including one in the Mander Centre (Upper Mall, Central Arcade, opposite Rymans) which is offering first, second and booster vaccinations from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sundays. 

For a full list of local vaccination centres, many of which are offering walk-in appointments, please visit NHS. To book an appointment in advance, please visit NHS or call 119. 

For information about rapid testing, for people without symptoms of Covid-19, please visit Coronavirus Testing. People with symptoms of Covid-19 must book a free PCR test by calling 119 or visiting GOV.UK.

Latest figures show there were 419.8 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last 7 days. That means 1,104 people tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of cases will likely be higher.