Welcome to issue 22 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.
The collective efforts of primary care and mass vaccination centres saw the health board deliver 23,925 vaccines this week. This means 266,785 of our eligible population have now received a first vaccine and 165,056 have now received a full course.
Last week was Volunteers’ Week and we’d like to thank you to our many volunteers helping out at our mass vaccination centres, Here’s Craig Simmonds one of the friendly faces from our army of helpers. Craig, who volunteers at the Halliwell Centre in Carmarthen, wanted to say thank you for the recognition and gift he and his fellow volunteers received last week.
Thank you to everyone who has come forward for their vaccine to date. Our best defence against all strains of Covid-19 remains our impressive vaccination programme which is why we must do all we can to slow the spread of variants and allow time for as many people as possible to get their vaccination. It is even more important now to take up the offer of the first and second doses of the vaccine when offered.
The vaccines offer significant protection against severe disease, hospitalisation and death, which is why it’s vital to get both vaccine doses as soon as you are offered them.
We will leave no one behind. Everyone aged 18 or over or in JCVI priority groups 1 to 9 can now come forward to request a vaccine. If you haven’t received an appointment yet or have changed your mind having turned down an offer of a vaccine previously, contact the health board as soon as possible so an appointment can be arranged for you.
Second dose appointments for COVID-19 vaccination are normally taking place around 11 weeks after the first dose appointment. It is vital that you attend your second dose appointment.
If you received your first dose at a mass vaccination centre on or before 28 March and have not yet received your invitation for a second dose please use this request form to let us know (opens in new tab). If you or someone you know is unable to use an online form, please contact our booking team on 0300 303 8322.
If you received your first dose at your GP practice on or before 28 March you should have received an invite to attend a second dose appointment. If you need to change your appointment time, or you have not yet received your second dose appointment, please contact your practice.
Vaccination certificates for international travel are now available in Wales for those who have had two doses of the vaccine by calling 0300 303 5667 (open seven days, between 9.00am and 5.00pm).
|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%||2,129||82.5%|
|P1.2 - Care home worker||3,453||98.8%||3,095||88.6%|
|P2.1 - All those 80 years of age and over||22,836||99.9%||21,663||94.8%|
|P2.2 & 2.3 - Health and social care workers||25,713||98.1%||22,829||87.1%|
|P3 - All those 75 years of age and over||18,680||95.7%||18,012||92.3%|
|P4.1 - All those 70 years of age||25,030||95.2%||24,221||92.1%|
|P4.2 - Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals under 70 years of age||8,688||87.7%||8,133||82.1%|
|5. All those 65 years of age and over||21,685||90.8%||20,258||84.8%|
|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)||38,208||85.6%||25,888||58.0%|
|7. All those 60 years of age and over||13,410||68.9%||11,439||58.8%|
|8. All those 55 years of age and over||14,800||79.6%||4,185||22.5%|
|9. All those 50 years of age and over||14,624||90.0%||1,205||7.4%|
|10. Priority group 10 or unallocated||57,168||37.2%||1,999||1.3%|
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.