Health and social care workers and carers are being reminded to get their Covid-19 jab as soon as possible – to protect themselves and the people they support.

While the vast majority of NHS, social care and care home staff have now had at least one dose of the life-saving vaccine, many have not – putting themselves and potentially others at risk.

Emma Bennett, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Director of Adult Services, said: "The vaccine is the best protection people can get from becoming seriously ill with Covid-19, and the latest evidence shows that even just a single dose can cut transmission to others by up to half.

"Latest figures show that 80.5% of NHS and social care workers and 81% of care home staff in Wolverhampton have had at least one dose of the Covid vaccine, and this is obviously very good news.

“We are now calling on the rest to do so as soon as possible, not only to protect themselves, but also their family, friends and of course the people they care for. 

"Please also remember that people must have both doses of the vaccine in order to get maximum protection."

The vaccine is currently available to frontline health and social care workers, people who are in receipt of Carer's Allowance or are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if their carer falls ill, the clinically extremely vulnerable, people with a learning disability and anyone who is either aged 38 or over or who will turn 38 by 1 July.

People can arrange their vaccine appointment through the national booking website, or through their GP. Anyone who is eligible for their jab can email to book an appointment at a local clinic.

For more information about the vaccine, including the answers to frequently asked questions, please visit Covid-19 Vaccine or Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination.