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28 April 2021 - Hywel Dda vaccine bulletin - Issue 16

Vaccination statistics - issue 16

Welcome to issue 16 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 we celebrate the delivery of our 300,000th vaccine, we want to thank everyone involved in this remarkable achievement.

To all GP practices across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire who have been so important in allowing large groups of people to have their vaccine locally; to volunteers, staff, military and partner organisations involved in the running of our mass vaccination centres – Thank you!

 

COVID-19 vaccinations for household contacts of immunosuppressed adults

We are now prioritising household contacts of adults who are immunosuppressed for vaccination.

If you are aged 16 or over and a household contact of a severely immunosuppressed adult (gov.uk, opens in new tab), please complete the self referral form on the NHS website (opens in new tab).

Adults who are immunosuppressed have a weaker immune system. They are more likely to have poorer outcomes if they get infected with COVID-19. Vaccinating household contacts will help limit the spread of the virus.

JCVI do not currently advise vaccinating children who are household contacts. They also do not currently advise vaccinating household contacts of immunosuppressed children.

 

People in priority groups 1 to 9 can still request a first vaccine dose

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.

All letters have now been posted for people aged 40 to 49 and you can expect to receive your vaccine invitation by this weekend.

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.

 

World Immunisation Week 2021 – Vaccines bring us closer

With the theme ‘Vaccines bring us closer’, World Immunisation Week 2021 (April 24th-30th) shows how vaccination connects us to the people, goals and moments that matter to us most, helping improve the health of everyone, everywhere throughout life.

After a year like no other, Public Health Wales has spoken to Lynne Edwards, Immunisation and Vaccination Lead for Hywel Dda UHB and Cath Watts, Immunisation and Vaccination Lead for Swansea Bay UHB, about why immunisations are the key to creating a world where we can be together again.

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% 1,975 76.5%
P1.2 - Care home worker 3,418 97.8% 2,926 83.7%
P2.1 - All those 80 years of age and over 22,786 100.3% 19,154 84.3%
P2.2 & 2.3 - Health and social care workers 25,340 99.6% 21,397 84.1%
P3 - All those 75 years of age and over  18,525 94.9% 16,944 86.8%
P4.1 - All those 70 years of age  24,900 94.7% 10,156 38.6%
P4.2 - Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals  under 70 years of age 8,597 86.8% 4,129 41.7%
5. All those 65 years of age and over 21,516 90.1% 765 3.2%
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) 37,122 83.2% 1,824 4.1%
7. All those 60 years of age and over 13,250 68.1% 371 1.9%
8. All those 55 years of age and over 14,603 78.5% 375 2.0%
9. All those 50 years of age and over 13,908 85.6% 414 2.6%
10. Priority group 10 or unallocated 13,885 9.0% 846 0.5%
Total: 220,340 56.9% 81,277 21.0%

Total vaccinations per county - issue 16

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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