Wolves are hosting their third walk-in vaccination clinic this week as the vaccination bus, which has visited various locations around the city to help protect the local community, returns to Molineux.
And this time, students who are back for the new academic year at the University of Wolverhampton are being encouraged to take advantage of the walk-in vaccinations which are available on the Stan Cullis Car Park without the need to pre-book.
As part of the University’s StartWell week, the bus, situated in close proximity to many University buildings and halls of residence, will be open from 1pm to 6pm on Thursday 23rd September and then from 11am to 6pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week.
Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “We want to encourage all students to grab a jab if they haven’t done so already.
“The vaccine bus will set up at Molineux again, which is conveniently close to the university and nearby halls of residence.
“With students coming back to university, or starting a new course, there will be lots of mixing and an increased risk of transmission, so it is important that as many people as possible are fully vaccinated, in order to protect themselves from serious illness caused by the virus.
“The vaccines also help to reduce the risk of passing the virus on, so help to protect the people around you too.
“If you haven’t had your first dose yet, or if you’re now due your second one, eight weeks after the first, please pop along to the vaccine bus whilst it’s at Molineux this week.”
Professor Julia Clarke, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton added: “Here at the University, we are doing everything we can to continue to keep everyone as safe as possible.
“One of the key things we can all do to keep ourselves and everyone in our community safe, is to get vaccinated.
“This small simple action will save lives, reduce risks and help ensure staff and students are protected we can all continue to can enjoy the full vibrancy and creativity our University has to offer.”
The facility isn’t just open to students and anyone over the age of 18 can get their first or second dose of Covid-19 vaccination at the bus.
More than 325,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered in Wolverhampton so far, and the bus’s return to Molineux is the latest in a number of initiatives from Wolves and Wolves Foundation to support the city during the pandemic.
Staff helped distribute thousands of masks and donations of PPE from club owners Fosun to local hospitals and care homes, Foundation ambassador Karl Henry led a fundraising drive which raised over £50,000 for the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and the Feed Our Pack campaign was launched with over £500,000-worth of investment to help alleviate food poverty caused by the pandemic.
Will Clowes, head of Wolves Foundation, added: “We are pleased to be linking up with the Wolverhampton Public Health team to support the vaccination programme and would encourage people who are still needing their first or second vaccine jabs to pop along to Molineux between Thursday and Sunday.
“As a club and a Foundation, we have an excellent relationship with the University of Wolverhampton and hopefully new and returning students will be able to take advantage of the vaccination bus being right on their doorstep over the coming days.”