People aged 42 and over are urged to book their life saving Covid-19 vaccine after eligibility was extended further this morning.

Anyone who is either over 42 or who will turn 42 before July can now arrange their vaccine appointment through the national booking website

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 getting their second dose, giving them greater protection against the deadly virus.

Latest figures show that, as of 18 April, a total of 120,674 first doses have been administered in Wolverhampton, with tens of thousands of people having already returned for their second jab

John Denley, Wolverhampton’s Director of Public Health, said: “The vaccine is the best protection we have against Covid-19. It's likely that the easing of restrictions as we leave lockdown will lead to an increase in infection rates so now, more than ever, is the time to get your jab if you are eligible and haven’t yet had it.”

For more information about the vaccine, including the answers to frequently asked questions, please visit Covid-19 Vaccine or 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.  

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 consider having 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. Further details of the restrictions currently in place, and the answers to frequently asked questions, are available at COVID Alert