Supporting and Protecting our City Together #LCPWVChampions
Wildside is delighted to have become a Community Champion helping to keep the people and communities of Wolverhampton safe.
The Community Champions programme set up by Wolverhampton Learning Communities in partnership with City of Wolverhampton Council is developing a network of Community Champions to encourage the take up of the Covid-19 vaccine and testing and to encourage the city’s residents to stay safe.
We all have an important part to play to tackle COVID-19/ Coronavirus. The vaccine is the best protection and hope that we have. If you are considering the vaccination programme here are some key things to remember:
Vaccines are the way out of this pandemic. An effective vaccine is the best way to protect people from coronavirus and will save thousands of lives. So…
- When you are asked to attend for a vaccination please say yes
- You will be contacted by either a GP or letter sent from the NHS
- There are 3 ways to be vaccinated, at a Hospital Hub if you are in hospital or visiting for an appointment, at a local GP led service or at a pharmacy or larger vaccination centre.
- Getting vaccinated is easy, when you are contacted, if you have any worries then ask to talk them through.
Whether you have had a vaccine or not, please continue to follow the most up to date guidance to control the virus and save lives.
Most of the coronavirus restrictions currently in place in Wolverhampton will remain in effect until at least 19 July, the Government announced last night.
Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing comments: “While this week’s decision means we must all live with restrictions for a little while longer, it will also provide the opportunity for many more people to get vaccinated and so give themselves the maximum possible protection against this deadly virus. This in turn will mean that any third wave should be much less deadly than the first and second waves earlier in the pandemic.” Read more here
A vaccine bus will be hitting the streets of Wolverhampton from today, as part of a pilot project aimed at making access to vaccination easier for some of the city’s most vulnerable households. In a partnership between the City of Wolverhampton Council, Black Country & West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and local GPs, the mobile vaccination clinic will be in Phoenix Park car park, off Dudley Road in Blakenhall. Read more here
People aged 25 and over are now able to book their life saving Covid-19 jab – and with new variants of concern leading to a rapid increase in case numbers in many parts of the country, residents are urged to get the vaccine as soon as possible. Read more here
People aged 36 and over are now able to book their life-saving Covid-19 vaccine – and with cases of the new variant of concern now confirmed in Wolverhampton, residents are being urged to get their jab as soon as possible.
Anyone aged 36-plus, or who will turn 36 before July 1, is encouraged to arrange their vaccine appointment through the national booking website, www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine
The vaccine is also currently 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.
People who are eligible for, but have not yet had, their first jab are asked to get it as a matter of urgency. People are also reminded of the importance of getting their second dose when it is due so that they receive maximum protection against the deadly virus.
John Denley, Wolverhampton’s Director of Public Health, said: “The vaccine is the best protection we have against Covid-19 and, given that the new variant of concern first identified in India has now reached Wolverhampton, it is imperative that everyone gets their jab as soon as they are able to, particularly the over 50s who are at greater risk from serious illness.
“We’ve seen the impact this new, more transmissable variant is having in other parts of the country, leading to soaring infection rates, and we cannot afford that to happen here in our city.
“The Government has stated that the majority of hospitalisations in Bolton, which has been particularly hard hit by the new variant, are among people who haven’t had their Covid-19 vaccine, even though they are eligible for it. So my message is clear – please get your jab as soon as possible.”
The Government has not ruled out the possibility of local lockdowns and John continued: “Another lockdown is the last thing any of us ever wants, so by getting your vaccine now you will not only help to protect yourselves and others, but also help Wolverhampton avoid further restrictions such as a local lockdown.”
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.
The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available on the council’s own coronavirus pages at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus .