Welcome to issue 20 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 a further 21,293 vaccines have been given across primary care and mass vaccination centres.
Unfortunately, this week the health board experienced some issues with appointment letters and we apologise for any inconvenience or concern this has caused. Every effort has been made to reissue new appointments to everyone affected.
Hywel Dda University Health Board will run dedicated pregnancy and breastfeeding COVID-19 vaccination clinics at four mass vaccination centres every Tuesday morning.
While all mass vaccination centres across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire will be able to vaccinate anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding, the antenatal clinics will be delivered by midwife vaccinator should anyone wish to receive additional counselling and advice about receiving the vaccine during pregnancy.
The dedicated pregnancy and breastfeeding clinics will run every Tuesday morning between 9am and 1pm at the following mass vaccination centres:
Should you wish to attend a dedicated pregnancy and breastfeeding vaccine clinic you can self-refer by completing the following online form (opens in new tab) and choosing the ‘Antenatal Clinic’ option, or calling 0300 303 8322. Please do not attend without an appointment.
Alison Evans, Clinical Lead Nurse for Hywel Dda Mass Vaccination Centres, said: “We understand there is a lot of information available about the vaccine and it can be overwhelming when deciding if having it is the right decision for you.
“As we start to routinely invite our younger cohorts to receive a vaccine, we wanted to provide additional support for anyone who is pregnant by providing dedicated clinics with a midwife vaccinator available to talk to.
“Of course, anyone who is pregnant can always discuss the available vaccine information with their GP, obstetrician or midwife at any time and will be able to receive the vaccine at any one of our mass vaccination centres, but we are pleased to be able to offer these dedicated clinics for anyone who feels they would benefit from additional support and advice.”
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Royal College of Midwives have produced an information sheet and decision aid (opens in new tab) plus 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.
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 9am and 5pm).
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 20 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%||2,116||82.0%|
|P1.2 - Care home worker||3,443||98.5%||3,046||87.2%|
|P2.1 - All those 80 years of age and over||22,827||99.9%||21,512||94.1%|
|P2.2 & 2.3 - Health and social care workers||25,617||100.3%||22,110||86.5%|
|P3 - All those 75 years of age and over||18,662||95.6%||17,894||91.7%|
|P4.1 - All those 70 years of age||25,017||95.1%||24,005||91.3%|
|P4.2 - Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals under 70 years of age||8,672||87.6%||7,927||80.0%|
|5. All those 65 years of age and over||21,645||90.6%||18,609||77.9%|
|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)||37,898||84.9%||9,628||21.6%|
|7. All those 60 years of age and over||13,362||68.7%||3,343||17.2%|
|8. All those 55 years of age and over||14,747||79.3%||681||3.7%|
|9. All those 50 years of age and over||14,422||88.7%||611||3.8%|
|10. Priority group 10 or unallocated||44,823||29.1%||1,350||0.9%|
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.