Over 232,000 Covid-19 jabs have now been given in Wolverhampton – with vaccine eligibility being extended to anyone aged 30 and over this week.

Latest figures show 232,196 life-saving vaccinations have been delivered in the city. A total of 142,360 residents have had at least one dose of the vaccine, while 89,836 people are now fully vaccinated, having had both doses. 

The vaccine is currently available to anyone aged 30 plus, or who will turn 30 before 1 July, 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. Anyone who is eligible for the vaccine but hasn’t had it yet is urged to book theirs as soon as possible via the national booking website

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 it’s brilliant news that more than 142,000 residents have had at least one jab.

“Even better than that, nearly 90,000 residents have now had both doses of the vaccine, which gives them maximum protection against this deadly virus.

“Given that the new, potentially more transmissable variant first identified in India is now circulating in Wolverhampton, and that case rates are starting to creep up again nationally, it is imperitive that everyone gets their jab as soon as they are able to, not only to protect themselves but others, too.

"I would urge anyone aged 30 and over – and particularly those aged 50 and over who are at greater risk from serious illness from Covid-19 – to make sure they get both doses of the vaccination as soon as possible.

“Please also continue to follow the Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air guidance, and get a twice-weekly rapid Covid-19 test to reassure yourselves and others that you don’t have the virus.”

For more information about the vaccine, including the answers to frequently asked questions, please visit Covid-19 Vaccine or NHS-Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination. People will need to register with a GP surgery in England in order to receive the vaccine. For more details, please visit NHS-GPs.  

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 at Coronavirus advice and information. Further details of the restrictions currently in place, and the answers to frequently asked questions, are available at Covid Alert