Residents who are due a Covid-19 jab but who have recently tested positive for the virus are reminded that they need to wait before having their vaccination.

People aged 18 and over should wait 4 weeks from the day they either first developed symptoms of, or tested positive for, Covid-19 before having their first, second or booster vaccination.

Children and young people aged 12 to 17 should wait 12 weeks from the day they developed symptoms or tested positive to get their jab, unless they are at high risk from Covid-19 in which case they should wait for 4 weeks.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "The Covid-19 vaccines work, and it’s important that you get vaccinated as soon as you are able to, whether that is your first jab, your second, or your booster.

"However, if you have recently tested positive for Covid-19, you might need to wait until you can have your jab. Please choose a suitable appointment date when booking and remember that you can cancel and rebook an existing appointment for a later date if needed.”

She added: “We are seeing an increasing number of people come for their first jab having already had Covid-19, to help protect themselves against reinfection, and we would encourage others to do so.”

Covid-19 vaccination clinics are operating in Wolverhampton again all this week, offering first, second and booster jabs without an appointment.

People aged 12 and over can get a first and second dose of the vaccine. Boosters are available to people aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, 3 months after second doses. 5 to 11 year olds who are either in a clinical risk group or who live with someone who is immunosuppressed are also eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination.

For a full list of local vaccination centres, please visit NHS. To book an appointment in advance, please visit Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination or call 119. 

There were 400.1 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last 7 days. That means 1,052 people tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of cases will likely be higher.