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5 May 2021 - Hywel Dda vaccine bulletin - Issue 17

Welcome to issue 17 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.

This week our centres will complete the majority of those remaining in the 40 to 49 age groups and have started inviting people aged 30 to 39 to receive their first vaccine.

You will be invited to receive your appointment when it is your turn by letter and/or a text message. Residents in group 10 will be invited to receive their COVID vaccinations at one of our mass vaccination centres (opens in new tab). Subject to supply, it is our aim to offer everyone in the current 10 priority groups their first dose of the vaccine by the end of July.  

How to contact us if you haven’t received an invite:

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.

Pregnancy and the COVID-19 vaccination

On the 16th April 2021, the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) published new advice on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy. You can read the new guidance here (opens in new tab).

The JCVI has advised that pregnant women should be offered COVID-19 vaccines at the same time as people of the same age or risk group. In the USA, around 90,000 pregnant women have been vaccinated mainly with Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and no safety concerns have been identified.

Evidence on COVID-19 vaccines is being continuously reviewed by the World Health Organization and the regulatory bodies in the UK, USA, Canada and Europe.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have a decision guide and other information (opens in new tab) you may find helpful or please talk to your midwife or consultant about the risks and benefits to help inform your decision.

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% 2,048 79.3%
P1.2 - Care home worker 3,431 98.2% 2,948 84.4%
P2.1 - All those 80 years of age and over 22,801 99.8% 20,525 89.8%
P2.2 & 2.3 - Health and social care workers 25,402 99.4% 21,516 84.2%
P3 - All those 75 years of age and over  18,565 95.1% 17,244 88.4%
P4.1 - All those 70 years of age  24,945 94.9% 18,326 69.7%
P4.2 - Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals  under 70 years of age 8,623 87.1% 5,991 60.5%
5. All those 65 years of age and over 21,558 90.3% 2,153 9.0%
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) 37,307 83.6% 2,137 4.8%
7. All those 60 years of age and over 13,272 68.2% 439 2.3%
8. All those 55 years of age and over 14,639 78.7% 421 2.3%
9. All those 50 years of age and over 14,080 86.5% 447 2.7%
10. Priority group 10 or unallocated 22,443 14.5% 897 0.6%
Total: 229,546 59.3% 95,092 24.6%

Total vaccinations per county - issue 17

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.

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