Wolves first-team receive booster jabs

Following Sunday’s Premier League game with Chelsea, Bruno Lage’s players and staff received their Covid-19 booster jabs, in a bid to keep themselves and others safe this winter.

The vaccine has proved to protect individuals from Covid-19 and is the best way to avoid hospitalisation and relieve NHS pressure, so as the Government dropped the booster age to 18, the Wolves squad stepped up to receive their third doses in the Molineux medical room.

Following an afternoon where Wolves supporters were fully cooperative with new Plan B guidelines, which required those entering to produce an NHS Covid Pass or recent negative lateral flow test result, Lage’s squad did their bit too.

On the booster, Lage said: “When I came here, they gave me the chance to be vaccinated and I accepted. It was important for me because I have my family in Portugal and when I have days off, I go there to spend time with my wife and kids, so I took my vaccinations. 

“Everyone in our building is fully vaccinated, which is the right thing to do, especially with the increase in positive cases in the Premier League and wider society. We have a responsibility to keep ourselves and others safe, so when the players and staff were offered the booster jab, it was a simple decision for us, and it was great to do it together after the game.”

Supporters who have not yet had their first or second Covid-19 vaccine, or are now due the booster jab, can get it at a number of locations in Wolverhampton, including the new pop up vaccination clinics in the Mander Centre, at the Civic Centre, at WV Active Bilston-Bert Williams and at The Hub at Ashmore Park.

The clinic is in the Upper Mall, opposite Rymans, and is open from 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sundays. No appointment is necessary.

Sally Roberts, chief nursing officer for NHS Black Country and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It’s fantastic to see the whole team at Wolves come forward for their lifesaving booster jab.

“The booster jab is proven to help people who have been double-jabbed maintain a high level of protection against Covid-19. Given the threat of the new, fast-spreading Omicron variant, we need everyone to come forward and take up the offer of a booster as soon as they’re eligible, to help protect themselves and those around them.

“We’d encourage everyone in Wolverhampton to follow the team’s example – don’t pass, take the shot when they are invited.”

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, added: “Covid-19 case numbers are rising rapidly at the moment. As we approach the festive period and spend more time with others indoors, the best thing you can do to keep yourself and others safe is to make sure you have been vaccinated, and it’s great that Wolves are leading the way in showing how easy it is to get this vital protection.”