People who are due their Covid-19 vaccination are being urged to grab a jab this half term.

Clinics are continuing to operate throughout Wolverhampton in the coming days, including over the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, offering residents the chance to get their first or second dose, or their booster if it is due.

There are many reasons why people are getting vaccinated. For most, it is simply to protect themselves against Covid-19 – particularly if they are at greater risk of serious illness or even death if they were to catch the virus.

But there are other reasons too. Fatima, from Wolverhampton, got her jab at the vaccination clinic in the Mander Centre vaccination clinic recently so she could go on holiday, as many tourist destinations require people to be fully vaccinated to enter the country. Meanwhile, 12 year old Sophie said she had the vaccination in order to help protect her family.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “Although infection rates and hospitalisations are thankfully falling, we are not totally out of the woods as far as Covid-19 is concerned.

"So, it's important that we all 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 – and it might also help with any trips people are planning abroad over the coming weeks, as some countries require vaccination as a condition of entry."

Everyone aged 5 and over can get a first and second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. 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 2 doses are offered a third dose and a booster.

Meanwhile, people aged 75 and over, older people in residential care and people aged over who have a weakened immune system are eligible for a spring booster.

Clinics include the Mander Centre for anyone aged 12 and over, which is open 9am to 5.30pm today (Monday), tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday, 10am to 4.30pm on Bank Holiday Thursday and Friday, 9.30am to 5pm on Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sunday.

For details of other local walk in Covid-19 vaccination clinics, please visit Find a walk-in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site.  Appointments can be booked via Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination or by calling 119.