Eligible people in Wolverhampton are being invited to get their spring Covid-19 vaccination.

Following guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), the latest phase of the Covid-19 vaccination programme has now started, with care home residents first in line to be offered a spring vaccine dose.

It will then be available to other eligible groups, such as adults aged 75 years and over, including those who turn 75 by the end of June, those aged 6 months and over who have a weakened immune system, and people who become immunosuppressed or are admitted to an older adult care home before the end of June.

Those eligible for a spring vaccine will be contacted by the NHS by letter, text message or via the NHS app. Appointments can be booked online while walk in appointments are available at selected locations – for more details, visit COVID-19 services

Sally Roberts, Chief Nursing Officer for the NHS Black Country Integrated Care Board, said: “Vaccination has been our most effective tool against Covid-19 and remains the best way to stay protected.

“Having the spring vaccine helps prevent vulnerable people from becoming seriously ill or needing treatment in hospital and over the coming weeks, everyone aged 75 and over, residents in care homes for older adults, and people with a weakened immune system will be offered a vaccination."

John Denley, Wolverhampton's Director of Public Health, added: "Covid-19 rates remain low, but the virus is still circulating and can still cause severe illness among those most at risk.

“If you’re in one of the eligible groups, please take the opportunity to get your spring Covid-19 vaccination in the next few weeks."