People aged 25 and over are now able to book their life saving Covid-19 jab – and with new variants of concern leading to a rapid increase in case numbers in many parts of the country, residents are urged to get the vaccine as soon as possible.

Anyone who is aged 25 plus, or who will turn 25 before July 1, 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 25 plus, or who is otherwise eligible, to book their jab as soon as possible. 

“And if you’ve already had your first jab, please made sure you get your second as soon as it is due to give you maximum protection against this deadly 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.  

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.