Residents are being reminded to wear a face covering when they are in shops or on public transport after the Government introduced new rules to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.
The Government has made face coverings mandatory in shops and on public transport once again, unless people are exempt for medical reasons. They should also be worn in communal areas of universities, colleges and schools by staff, visitors and students in Year 7 and above.
People returning to Wolverhampton from abroad must take a PCR test before the end of the second day following their arrival and self-isolate until they get a negative test result, even if they are fully vaccinated.
And anyone who is a contact of someone who may have been infected with the Omicron variant must self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of their age or vaccination status.
Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “There is no doubt that the discovery of the new Omicron variant is a wake up call and a stark reminder that Covid has not gone away.
“We are closely monitoring the latest developments with the new variant and strongly urge everyone to remain vigilant and take all necessary steps to prevent the spread of the virus.
A new walk-in Covid-19 vaccination service has opened in Wolverhampton’s Mander Centre.It will offer first, second and booster Pfizer vaccinations from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sundays.
People aged 16 and over are able to get a first and second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. Anyone aged 40 and over, or otherwise eligible, can also get the booster 6 months after their second dose. Children aged 12 to 15 can get a single dose if they haven’t been vaccinated in school, though they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "We are delighted to have been able to work with the Black Country and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group to open this new walk-in vaccination centre, making it even easier for people to get their life-saving Covid-19 jabs.
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