Nearly 160,000 adults in Wolverhampton have now received at least one life-saving Covid-19 jab.

Latest figures show a total of 159,345 first doses have been delivered since the start of the vaccination programme, with 118,985 residents having had both doses, giving them maximum protection from the deadly virus. 

In total, 278,330 vaccinations have been given, and 92.6% of over 80s in Wolverhampton have had at least one jab, rising to 94% of people aged 75 to 79. Some 93.3% of 70 to 74 year olds, 90% of 65 to 69 year olds, 86.6% of 60 to 64 year olds, 83.2% of 55 to 59 year olds and 80.8% of people aged 50 to 54 have now had a jab.

All adults in England are eligible for the free vaccine. To book, please visit NHS or call NHS 119. In addition, people can get first or second jabs without an appointment at the vaccine bus which is at the Wolverhampton Homes office car park until Saturday evening. Walk-in vaccinations are also available at Aldersley Leisure Village on Saturday between 9am and 2pm. 

Anyone over the age of 40 who has not yet had their second dose is advised to bring their appointment forward if possible, so that the gap between injections is eight weeks rather than 12. 

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “A growing number of local residents are now protected from this deadly virus which is great news. However, we are seeing rising infection rates across the city, driven by the more dominant Delta variant – and we mustn’t lose sight of the fact that well over 300 people in Wolverhampton tested positive for Covid-19 last week.

“The vaccines are highly effective against these new variants, but please remember that to fully benefit from that protection, you must have both doses. 

“With all adults in the city now eligible for the vaccine I want to encourage residents to book theirs as soon as they can, and to make sure they get their second doses too.”

Councillor Jaspal added: “Your vaccine protects you against serious illness caused by Covid-19, but you could still pass the virus on to other people. That’s why it’s important to continue to follow the Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air guidance and to get a free rapid Covid-19 test twice a week to reassure yourself and others that you don’t have the virus.”

Latest figures show there were 123.8 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the 7 days to 28 June. That means 326 people in the city tested positive for the virus in that 7 day period – though the true number of new cases will likely be higher.