Local broadcaster and celebrity Suzi Perry had her first Covid-19 vaccination in Wolverhampton last week and encouraged everyone living in the city to have theirs and ‘get in with the pack’.

Wolverhampton born broadcaster Suzi had her first vaccine injection at Aldersley Leisure Village on Friday afternoon (19 March), after becoming eligible through the continued rollout of the national vaccination programme.

Suzi said: “I’ve just had my jab at Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton, my hometown and I didn’t feel a thing.

“It’s pretty apt that I’m at this stadium because I used to come running here and now, I feel like I can get up and go running again.”

As a Wolverhampton Community Champion, Suzi was keen to encourage other people in the city to have the vaccine when it is their turn. She added: “It’s going to keep me safer and anyone I come into contact with. So, if you get your appointment through, you know what to do; get in with the pack.”

John Denley, Wolverhampton’s Director of Public Health, added: “It’s great to see Suzi Perry having her jab at Aldersley, and encouraging others to do the same.

“The vaccine is the best way of protecting ourselves and our loved ones from coronavirus. By getting that message out to people through Community Champions like Suzi, I hope that more people will have their jab when it is their turn.”

The Community Champions are a network of people and organisations with an interest in helping their local communities have easy access to information about covid-19 and the vaccine. Suzi joined the Community Champions network through Wolverhampton Learning Communities.

For more information about Wolverhampton Community Champions, or to get involved, visit Community Champions.

Latest figures show that, as of last week, a total of 97,286 vaccinations had been delivered in Wolverhampton, with 91,773 people having received the first of their two doses and 5,513 patients having had both.

Vaccinations are currently available to anyone aged 50 and over; anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable; 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.

For more information about the vaccine, including the answers to frequently asked questions, please visit GOV.UK 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-GPs