The NHS is urging anyone eligible for an autumn Covid-19 vaccination to book an appointment now if they wish to have it.

The autumn Covid-19 vaccination programme started in September, with eligible people invited to come forward and book an appointment via the National Booking System or by calling 119.

People eligible for an autumn Covid-19 vaccine include those aged 65 and over, those that are pregnant, adults and children aged 6 months and above with certain health conditions, care home residents, frontline health and social care staff, unpaid carers, and household contacts of people with a weakened immune system. For more details, visit NHS - COVID-19.

Those eligible have until Friday (15 December, 2023) to book an appointment via the national booking system at NHS - COVID-19 services or by calling 119. After Friday, vaccinations will only be available at selected locations on a walk-in basis.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Adults and Wellbeing, said: "There are now only a few days left to book an appointment either online or by calling 119 as the offer ends on Friday. 

“As we start to travel and gather with friends and family to celebrate the festive season, this increases the risk of passing on infections.

“Getting vaccinated will help you get winter strong and help you and others have a safe and healthy Christmas and New Year.

“So, I would encourage anyone eligible for an autumn Covid-19 vaccine who hasn’t yet come forward but would like to get vaccinated this winter to book an appointment while they can.”

Sally Roberts, Chief Nursing Officer for the NHS Black Country Integrated Care Board, said: “Our winter vaccination programme has seen almost 150,000 eligible people receive their autumn Covid-19 booster vaccine, which is fantastic.

“Vaccination remains our best defence against Covid-19 and is the best way to protect yourself, your friends and family, which is particularly important as we approach the winter months."