People aged 40-plus are urged to book their life-saving Covid-19 vaccine.

Anyone who is either over 40 or who will turn 40 before 1 July can now arrange their vaccine appointment through the national booking website, NHS.  

The vaccine is also currently available to anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable; people with a learning disability; frontline health and social care workers; and people who are in receipt of Carer's Allowance or are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if their carer falls ill.

People who are eligible for, but have not yet had, their first jab are asked to get it as a matter of urgency. Meanwhile an increasing number of people are now receiving their second dose, giving them greater protection against the deadly virus.

Latest figures show that, as of 29 April, nearly 175,000 Covid-19 jabs had been administed in Wolverhampton, with 129,362 people receiving their first dose and 45,392 people fully vaccinated after having both.

John Denley, Wolverhampton’s Director of Public Health, said: “The vaccine is the best protection we have against Covid-19, and the latest evidence shows that even just a single dose can cut transmission to others by up to half.

“By getting your jab, you are not only helping to protect yourself, but also your family and the wider community – so please get your first and second doses as soon as you are able to.”

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

John 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 have a regular Covid-19 rapid test.”

For details of rapid testing, please visit Coronavirus Testing. 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, which includes information in a wide range of languages and guidance around staying safe during Ramadan. Further details of the restrictions currently in place, and the answers to frequently asked questions, are available at COVID Alert