Wolves are to host a temporary vaccination clinic as part of an initiative from the City of Wolverhampton Council and the NHS to help protect people following the recent increase in cases of Covid-19.
A vaccination bus which has visited various locations around the city to help speed up the inoculation process will be stopping off at Molineux this week to enable anyone over the age of 18 to get one of the two doses of the life-saving jab.
Both Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines will be available on the vaccination bus, which will be parked up in the Stan Cullis Stand car park on Thursday between 1pm and 7pm, and then from Friday to Sunday between 11am and 6pm.
Anyone aged 18 or over can get their first or second doses on the bus without needing to book an appointment.
Wolves head of medical services, Dr Matt Perry, said: “Ahead of the start of the new season, we want as many people as possible to have their Covid-19 vaccinations, so we can get back to enjoying football at the Molineux safely.
“We’re pleased to be able to support the vaccination programme in Wolverhampton and hope local people will come to Molineux to get their jabs if they haven’t had them already.”
While the vaccination bus is at Molineux, anyone who takes up the jab will also have the chance to enter a prize draw to win a Wolves shirt signed by the team.
With the Prime Minister confirming that restrictions set to ease further within the coming weeks, public health officials in the city are encouraging as many people as possible to get their vaccine both to protect themselves and to reduce pressure on local health services.
Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, City of Wolverhampton Council’s cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “I want to say thank you to Wolves for supporting our efforts to protect the city and helping to make sure that as many people as possible have their Covid-19 vaccinations.
“Having the Covid-19 vaccine protects you and those around you from the virus, so the chance to win a signed shirt too is an added bonus and a great prize for Wolves fans.”
“Anyone who has not yet had their vaccinations can come along and get them whilst the bus is at the Molineux.”
Hosting the vaccination bus is the latest initiative from Wolves to support the local community over what has been such a challenging time since the pandemic arrived early last year.
Wolves have supported the council in promoting the importance of the vaccination programme in helping the community move out of the pandemic, following on from the club’s official charity – Wolves Foundation – linking up with owners the Fosun Foundation in providing thousands of masks and items of PPE to local hospitals and care homes.
The Foundation has also adapted its activities during the pandemic, providing ‘virtual’ support to participants as well staying in regular touch with elderly and isolated members of the community via telephone calls and helping them with tasks such as shopping.
The Foundation also supported a fundraising campaign involving former players, staff and supporters led by ambassador and former Wolves captain Karl Henry which raised over £50,000 for the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. That funding was used to help New Cross Hospital expand its capacity to treat Covid-19 patients during the peak of the pandemic.
While the Foundation’s Feed Our Pack campaign, which is helping reduce the effects of food poverty by supporting the residents of Wolverhampton who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, has been very generously backed by fans, raising more than £80,000 and enabling thousands of people to receive much-needed support.