Welcome to issue 18 of Hywel Dda University Health Board’s Vaccine Bulletin.
This weekly update will provide the latest information regarding the progress of the COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.
It has been yet another successful week for the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme across Wales, over 2.8 million COVID-19 vaccinations administered to date. Here in Hywel Dda UHB, over 60% of our population have now received a first vaccine dose and 27% of our population is fully vaccinated.
On Friday 7 May, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) updated their expert advice and, as a precautionary measure, those under 40 years of age with no clinical risk factors who are not yet vaccinated, should be offered an alternate to the AstraZeneca vaccine.
All adults aged 18 to 29 living in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire will be booked into our mass vaccination centres to receive either a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and this updated advice should not lead to a delay in our vaccine roll out. We are continuing to work towards the third milestone set out in the Welsh Governments's COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy (opens in new tab), which is to offer a vaccine to everyone aged 18 and over by 31st July 2021.
Everybody who has already had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine should be reassured that they should receive a second dose of the same brand, irrespective of age, in line with JCVI advice. Medical exemptions may apply to a very small minority.
The AstraZeneca vaccine has already saved thousands of lives and remains safe and effective for the majority of the population. Over 1.2million people have received the AstraZeneca vaccine in Wales since January, with very few cases of the rare clotting with thrombocytopenia event.
Vaccines remain the best way out of this pandemic and provide strong protection against COVID-19 – it is important that when people are called forward, they should get their vaccination. It is also just as important that people come for the second dose to complete that protection. Every vaccination really does count.
The JCVI do not currently advise vaccinating children who are household contacts. They also do not currently advise vaccinating household contacts of immunosuppressed children.
Please do not contact the health board if you are in group 10 and aged 18 to 29 to ask about your vaccine appointment at this time. You will be contacted as soon as it is your turn.
|Priority Group||First dose vaccine numbers||First dose percentage uptake||Second dose vaccine numbers||Second dose percentage uptake|
|P1.1 - Older adult resident in a care home||2,489||96.4%||2,074||80.4%|
|P1.2 - Care home worker||3,431||98.2%||2,981||85.3%|
|P2.1 - All those 80 years of age and over||22,812||99.8%||21,006||91.9%|
|P2.2 & 2.3 - Health and social care workers||25,468||99.7%||21,688||84.9%|
|P3 - All those 75 years of age and over||18,593||95.3%||17,499||89.7%|
|P4.1 - All those 70 years of age||24,966||94.9%||21,842||83.1%|
|P4.2 - Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals under 70 years of age||8,643||87.3%||7,126||72%|
|5. All those 65 years of age and over||21,573||90.3%||7,367||30.8%|
|6. All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality (at risk groups)||37,475||84%||2,515||5.6%|
|7. All those 60 years of age and over||13,286||68.3%||496||2.5%|
|8. All those 55 years of age and over||14,669||78.9%||452||2.4%|
|9. All those 50 years of age and over||14,222||87.5%||465||2.9%|
|10. Priority group 10 or unallocated||28,836||18.7%||944||0.6%|
Please don’t contact your GP, pharmacy or health board to ask when you will receive the vaccine
This week, health services have been inundated with calls, emails and social media messages from the public enquiring about the vaccine. We understand people are anxious and want to know when they can have the vaccine. Please do not contact your GP, pharmacy or health board; you will be contacted when it is your turn. People will be invited to receive the vaccine in order of priority, so please be patient.