And with the Delta variant driving a rapid increase in infection numbers in many parts of the country, residents are urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Anyone who is aged 21 and over, or who will turn 21 before 1 July, can book their appointment at NHS - Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines. The vaccine is also available to the clinically extremely vulnerable, people with a learning disability, frontline health and social care workers and people in receipt of Carer's Allowance or who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person.
Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “The vaccine is the best protection we have against Covid-19 and I’d urge anyone aged 21 plus, or who is otherwise eligible, to book their jab as soon as possible.
"We are seeing that in communities and areas where vaccination rates are low, infection rates are going up much faster.
“Data from Public Health England published yesterday showed that 2 doses of the vaccine are highly effective against hospitalisation from the Delta variant, so, when it is your turn to have the Covid-19 jab, make sure you take it. And please get both jabs, because without being fully vaccinated you and your loved ones are still vulnerable.”
For more information about the vaccine, including the answers to frequently asked questions, please visit Covid-19 Vaccine or NHS - Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines. People will need to register with a GP surgery in England in order to receive the vaccine. For more details, please visit NHS - GPs.
Councillor Jaspal added: “Please remember that even once you have had both doses of the vaccine, you must still continue to adhere to the measures the Government has put in place to stop the spread of Covid-19, and follow the Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air guidance. Please also get a regular rapid test to reassure yourselves and others that you don’t have the virus.”
For details of rapid testing, please visit Lateral Flow Home Test Kits. Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19, which include a fever, a new continuous cough or a change to the sense of taste or smell, must immediately self isolate and book a PCR test by visiting GOV.UK or calling 119.
The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at GOV.UK and on the council’s own coronavirus pages. Further details of the restrictions currently in place, and the answers to frequently asked questions, are available at COVID Alert.