People who are on the Covid-19 Shielding Patients list are being offered a free flu jab to help protect them from one of winter’s most dangerous illnesses.
In an unprecedented move, all members of households where somebody is shielding from Covid-19 are being free offered vaccination too, to provide maximum protection for some of the Black Country and West Birmingham’s most clinically vulnerable people.
Sandwell Council’s Deputy Leader has urged residents to stick to safety guidelines in the wake of the borough’s highest ever overnight figure for coronavirus cases.
Councillor Maria Crompton’s plea follows reports of 146 new cases in Sandwell - the highest overnight total to date – up from a previous highest figure of 83.
People who have a learning disability are being encouraged to get the flu jab this winter, as they have a higher risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus.
The vaccination is available for free to anybody who has a learning disability. This is because they have a higher chance of developing complications such as bronchitis or pneumonia if they catch flu.