More than 100,000 residents in Wolverhampton now have maximum protection against Covid-19 after receiving both doses of the life-saving vaccine.
Latest figures show a total of 254,409 vaccinations have now been administered in Wolverhampton – with 148,301 residents receiving their first dose and 106,108 having had both.
Anyone who is aged 25-plus, or who will turn 25 before July 1, can book their vaccination at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine. The vaccine is also available to the clinically extremely vulnerable, people with a learning disability, frontline health and social care workers and people in receipt of Carer's Allowance or who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person.
Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “The vaccine is the best protection we have against Covid-19.
“It significantly reduces your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from Covid-19, and of catching and spreading Covid-19 to others.
“It’s brilliant news that over 100,000 residents now have maximum protection from Covid-19 after receiving both doses of the vaccine, and that another 148,000 have at least some protection following their first jab.
“If you’re aged 25 or over, or are otherwise eligible, please book your jab as soon as possible and, if you’ve already had your first jab, make sure you get your second as soon as it is due.”
For more information about the vaccine, including the answers to frequently asked questions, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/vaccine or www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. People will need to register with a GP surgery in England in order to receive the vaccine. For more details, please visit www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/gps.
Councillor Jaspal 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 get a regular rapid test to reassure yourselves and others that you don’t have the virus.”
For details of rapid testing, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/get-tested. 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 www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or calling 119.
The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus. Further details of the restrictions currently in place, and the answers to frequently asked questions, are available at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/covidalert.