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21 April 2021 - Hywel Dda vaccine bulletin - Issue 15

Welcome to issue 15 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.

As a health board we are absolutely committed to ensuring no one is left behind. As we move forward and begin vaccinating group 10 this week (starting with people aged 49 and working backwards) we want to reassure anyone in groups 1-9 who has not received their first vaccine dose, that they can contact the health board at any stage to receive one.

If one or more of the following applies to you and you have not received your first vaccine appointment, please click here to contact the health board (opens in new tab)

  • are aged 50 or over
  • are aged 16 to 64 and have underlying health conditions (opens in new tab) that put you at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality
  • work in a care home or in health and social care in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire
  • are the primary unpaid carer of an elderly or disabled adult who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality, or a child with severe neuro-disabilities

People can also continue to contact us by email COVIDenquiries.hdd@wales.nhs.uk or by calling 0300 303 8322 to arrange a first vaccine dose.

Please do not contact the health board if you are in group 10 (aged 18 to 49) to ask about your vaccine appointment at this time. You will be contacted as soon as it is your turn. Subject to supply, it is our aim to offer everyone in group 10 their first dose of the vaccine by the end of July. 

Received a first Pfizer vaccine over 21 days ago? Contact us for your second vaccine as soon as possible

The health board is asking anyone who received a first Pfizer vaccine at one of its mass vaccination centres in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire more than 21 days ago to get in touch if they have not received a second vaccine appointment.       

Ros Jervis, Director of Public Health for Hywel Dda UHB, said: “Second doses are essential for longer term protection, so it’s important that everyone comes forward for their full course when called.

“Our records show that a small number of people across our three counties have not responded to our invitation to receive their second dose. We won’t leave anyone behind and there is still time for them to receive it within the required timeframe.”

Additional clinics will be put on in the next couple weeks to administer these second doses. If it has been more than 21 days since your first Pfizer vaccine please email COVIDenquiries.hdd@wales.nhs.uk with the subject title “Second Pfizer dose request” with your full name, date of first vaccine and a contact phone number to book your appointment. If you are unable to email you can also contact the health board by calling 0300 303 8322.

Saying farewell to some of our military partners

Military team at the Carmarthen vaccination centre On Saturday, the health board said goodbye to Private Shanice Booth, Private Faith Martin and Senior Aircraftwoman Emily Jenner who have been an integral part of our vaccination programme for the past few months.

Moments after sharing parting gifts, health and military staff came together, as did staff and military personal across all our vaccination centres, to observe the national minute’s silence to honour His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh.

Major Kathryn Dransfield, said: “Thank you so much for the gifts for the girls. They were made up by that, it’s made their deployment for them.”

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% 1,892 73.3%
P1.2 - Care home worker 3,414 97.7% 2,868 82.1%
P2.1 - All those 80 years of age and over 22,746 100.2% 14,862 65.4%
P2.2 & 2.3 - Health and social care workers 25,287 99.4% 21,292 83.7%
P3 - All those 75 years of age and over  18,458 94.6% 16,594 85.0%
P4.1 - All those 70 years of age  24,817 94.4% 2,221 8.4%
P4.2 - Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals  under 70 years of age 8,585 86.7% 2,775 28.0%
5. All those 65 years of age and over 21,404 89.6% 370 1.5%
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) 36,937 82.8% 1,685 3.8%
7. All those 60 years of age and over 13,127 67.5% 257 1.3%
8. All those 55 years of age and over 14,418 77.5% 265 1.4%
9. All those 50 years of age and over 13,447 82.7% 295 1.8%
10. Priority group 10 or unallocated 6,344 4.1% 1,252 0.8%
Total: 211,474 54.6% 66,628 17.2%

Total vaccinations per county - issue 15

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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