People who eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination are being invited to grab a jab – particularly if they are planning to head abroad this summer.

Though restrictions have ended or been relaxed in many parts of the world, some countries still require international visitors to either be vaccinated, to quarantine or present a negative Covid-19 test result upon entry.

Travellers are therefore urged to check the latest foreign travel advice, available at GOV.UK, for the country or countries they wish to go to. 

This will confirm whether travellers will be allowed entry from the UK in the first place, if they will need to quarantine on arrival, and whether they will need to show proof of vaccination status or a negative Covid-19 test. If a Covid-19 test is required, this must be booked through a private test provider, not the NHS. Some countries also ask for proof of having recovered from Covid-19 within the last 6 months.

Clinics are continuing to operate throughout Wolverhampton over the coming weeks, offering residents the chance to get their first or second dose, or their booster if it is due.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “As Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed, international travel either for business or pleasure is back on the cards for many people this summer. 

"If you are planning on heading overseas, don’t forget to check if there are any entry requirements in place to stop the spread of Covid-19. 

“If you need to get vaccinated against Covid-19, please remember that first, second and booster doses are widely available in Wolverhampton, so do get yours as soon as you are able to.

"We've seen a gradual rise in infection rates over the last couple of weeks and so it’s really important that we carry on taking steps to protect ourselves – and that includes getting vaccinated if we are due a jab. It won't just protect us but will help to protect others too."

Everyone aged five and over can get a first and second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, with vaccinations for children aged 5 to 11 now also available from the clinic in Mander Centre after school on weekdays and at weekends.

People aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, can also get a booster. People aged 12 and over who had a severely weakened immune system at the time they had their first two doses are offered a third dose and a booster.

For details of local walk-in Covid-19 vaccination clinics, please visit NHS. Appointments can be booked via NHS or by calling 119.