With the Government proposing to limit access to some venues and events later in the year to people who are fully vaccinated, young people across Wolverhampton are being urged to step forward and get their Covid-19 jabs as soon as possible.

Figures show that 51.5% of people aged 18 to 29 living in the city have had a vaccination, meaning around half of young adults still have no protection from the virus.

The Government is discussing plans for full vaccination to be a condition of entry into nightclubs and potentially sports grounds and some other venues from the end of September. As the minimum recommended gap between doses is eight weeks, anyone who has not yet had their first dose should do so as soon as possible, or risk not being able to attend these events later this year.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “We are confident that, just like  other age groups, young people in the city are keen to have their lifesaving Covid-19 vaccinations. These have only been available to 18 year olds for just over 4 weeks and uptake levels are on a par with what we saw in older age groups after a similar length of time. In fact, 51.5% of 18 to 29 year olds have now had their first dose.

“However, 2 doses are needed for the best protection from the virus and, as we are seeing this week, may well become a requirement to attend large events and certain venues like nightclubs from the end of September.

“That means that anyone who has not yet had their first dose of the vaccine should do so soon, as they must wait 8 weeks after their first dose before they can have their second one and may not be allowed into some venues until then.”

Anyone over the age of 18 can get their first or second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at walk in sites across Wolverhampton, without needing to book. Most clinics have both Pfizer and AstraZeneca, with full details including times and locations online at Walk in vaccinations.    

Additionally, anyone over the age of 18 can book their Covid-19 vaccine online at Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines or by calling NHS 119.

Latest figures show there were 371 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last 7 days. That means 976 people in the city tested positive for the virus in that same period – although the true number of new cases will likely be higher.