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Daily Update

This page was last updated on 29 April 2021 and will next be updated on 10 May 2021 - please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.

Please note that national factors outside our local control such as vaccine approval & supply, and changes to national policy & guidance, will impact on the delivery of our COVID-19 vaccination programme in Powys. This does mean that the information on this page is subject to change. Please keep checking back for the latest information. This page is normally updated Monday to Friday.

Today’s headlines:

Vaccinations delivered through the Powys Vaccination Programme

We have now delivered over 131,000 vaccine doses through the Powys Teaching Health Board COVID-19 vaccination programme.

This includes over 91,300 first doses and over 40,000 second doses.

94% of people in Priority Groups 1-9 in Powys have received their first dose, and half will soon have received received double-dose protection.

Over two-thirds (78%) of the adult population in the county have received their first dose.

Last week (week ending 25 April) saw over 7,500 vaccination doses delivered in the county.

Today's headlines:

We have a much reduced programme of first dose appointments at the moment. This is because of an expected drop in UK supplies. Second dose appointments are not affected.

If you are aged 40+ and have not yet received your invitation then you can use our Priority Access Forms to let us know. 

Please be aware that, as expected, we are in a period of reduced UK supplies for first dose appointments. This does mean that we will be calling people from the reserve list at a much slower pace than earlier this month - and due to the latest clinical advice on the use of AstraZeneca we will also be calling 18-29 year olds for cancellation appointments with Pfizer/BioNTech. Our reserve lists remains open so that we are ready to call people when supplies increase again. Thank you for your patience. A reserve list for short notice first dose appointments is available for people aged 30-39. Our secondary reserve list is for people aged 18-29.

We also have a Priority Access Form for second dose appointments. If you received your first dose on or before 21 February and have not yet been invited for your second dose then we have a Priority Access Form so that you can let us know and we can fast-track you to a second dose appointment. You may be aware that there will be reduced vaccine supply during April - we have been advised that this will not affect second dose appointments.

Our latest online Q&A session took place earlier this month (7 April 2021) and is available to watch online, and our latest newsletter was published on 23 April.

We have adopted the latest JCVI guidance in relation to the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, and more information is available from a dedicated section of our website including an enquiry form if you have specific questions about your next AstraZeneca vaccine in Powys.

We also have a new section with information for our pregnant population, and your midwife is available if you have any questions about vaccination.

Fast track vaccination is now also available for household contacts of people who are immunosuppressed.

Priority Group 1: Residents of care homes for older adults and care home workers

We delivered our goal to offer residents of care homes for older adults their vaccination by mid February.

99% of care home residents have taken up first dose vaccination, and over half have already received their second dose.

More information for frontline care workers is provided below.

Priority Group 2: People aged 80+

We delivered our goal to offer people aged 80+ and registered with a GP in Powys their vaccination by mid February.

Over 98% of people in this group have taken up first dose vaccination, and well over three quarters (93%) have already received their second dose.

If you are aged 80+ and registered with a GP in Powys, and you have not yet received your first dose invitation then please contact your GP or complete our online Priority Access Form to let us know.

Information about second dose appointments is available below.

Priority Group 2: Frontline health and care workers

If you are a frontline health and care worker providing intimate care for people in Powys in the vulnerable categories, and you have not yet booked your first dose appointment, please complete our online form for frontline health and care workers.

Information about second dose appointments is available below.

Priority Group 3: People aged 75-79

We delivered our goal to offer people aged 75-79 and registered with a GP in Powys their invitation by mid February.

Over 98% of people in this group have taken up first dose vaccination, and second dose appointments will normally take place 11-12 weeks after your first dose appointment.

If you are aged 75-79 and registered with a GP in Powys, and you have not yet received your invitation for COVID-19 vaccination, then please complete our online Priority Access Form to let us know.

Second dose vaccination is under way in GP practices. 93% of people aged 75-79 have already received their second dose. More information about second dose appointments is available below.

Priority Group 4: People aged 70-74

We delivered our goal to offer people aged 70-74 and registered with a GP in Powys their vaccination by mid February.

Over 97% of people in this group have taken up first dose vaccination, and second dose appointments will normally take place 11-12 weeks after your first dose appointment.

If you are aged 70-74 and registered with a GP in Powys, and you have not yet received your invitation for COVID-19 vaccination, then please complete our online Priority Access Form to let us know.

Over three quarters (88%) of people aged 70-74 have already received their second dose. Information about second dose appointments is available below.

Priority Group 4: Adults who are clinically extremely vulnerable

We delivered our goal to offer people in the specific categories designated as "clinically extremely vulnerable" and registered with a GP in Powys their vaccination by mid February.

Over 95% of people in this group have taken up first dose vaccination, and second dose appointments will normally take place 11-12 weeks after your first dose appointment.

If you are in these specific "clinically extremely vulnerable" categories and have not yet received your invitation for COVID-19 vaccination, then please complete our online Priority Access Form to let us know.

Fast track vaccination is now also available for household contacts of people who are immunosuppressed.

Nearly three quarters (73%) of people in this category have already received their second dose. Information about second dose appointments is available below.

Priority Group 5: People aged 65-69

Everyone aged 65-69 and registered with a GP in Powys should have received their invitation.

Over 95% of people in this group have taken up first dose vaccination, and second dose appointments will normally take place 11-12 weeks after your first dose appointment.

If you are aged 65-69 and registered with a GP in Powys, and you have not received your invitation for COVID-19 vaccination, then please complete our online Priority Access Form to let us know.

Over a third (39%) of people in this category have already received their second dose. Information about second dose appointments is available below.

Priority Group 6: Adults with underlying health conditions

First dose appointments are continuing for adults (age 16-64) with underlying health conditions.

The Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine continues to be clinically recommended for adults under 30 with underlying health conditions.

If you are in Priority Group 6 and have not yet received your invitation there is an eligibility tool and online form on our underlying health conditions page.

Fast track vaccination is now also available for household contacts of people who are immunosuppressed.

Priority Group 6: Unpaid Carers

First dose appointments are continuing for unpaid carers.

If you are already registered as a carer with your GP practice then you will be contacted by your GP practice to arrange an appointment.

If you are not registered as a carer with your GP practice then an online form is available for unpaid carers to check their eligibility for vaccination and to request an appointment.

Please do not contact your GP or the health board to request vaccination for unpaid carers - please use the online form.

Priority Group 7: People aged 60-64

Everyone in Priority Group 7 (aged 60-64) should have received their invitation.

Vaccination will normally take place in a mass vaccination centre. Please do not contact your GP practice for an appointment.

If you are aged 60-64 and registered with a GP in Powys, and you have not yet received your invitation for COVID-19 vaccination, then please use our online Priority Access Form to let us know.

Over four fifths (89%) of this age group have already received their first dose.

Priority Group 8: People aged 55-59 

Everyone in Priority Group 8 (aged 55-59) should have received their invitation.

Vaccination will normally take place in a mass vaccination centre. Please do not contact your GP practice for an appointment.

If you are aged 55-59 and registered with a GP in Powys, and you have not yet received your invitation for COVID-19 vaccination, then please use our online Priority Access Form to let us know.

Over four fifths of this age group (88%) have already received their first dose.

Priority Group 9: People aged 50-54

Everyone in Priority Group 9 (aged 50-54) should have received their invitation.

Vaccination will normally take place in a mass vaccination centre. Please do not contact your GP practice for an appointment.

If you are aged 50-54 and registered with a GP in Powys, and you have not yet received your invitation for COVID-19 vaccination, then please use our online Priority Access Form to let us know.

Over four fifths of this age group (85%) have already received their first dose.

People aged 40-49

Everyone aged 40-49 should have received their invitation. 

Vaccination will normally take place in a mass vaccination centre. Please do not contact your GP practice for an appointment.

If you are aged 40-49 and registered with a GP in Powys, and you have not yet received your invitation for COVID-19 vaccination, then please use our online Priority Access Form to let us know.

We are not able to offer a personal choice of vaccine type.

Over two thirds (72%) of this age group have already received their first dose.

People aged 30-39

People aged 30-39 and people aged 18-29 are due to be invited by the end of July. We currently expect that all invitations to people aged 30-39 will be issued by mid May.

Vaccination will normally take place in a mass vaccination centre. Please do not contact your GP practice for an appointment.

We currently have a reserve list open for people aged 30-39. However, please be aware that as expected we have a much reduced level of supplies of first dose vaccine for the next few weeks so there will be fewer appointments available.

We are not able to offer a personal choice of vaccine type.

Over a third (39%) of this age group have received their first dose.

People aged 18-29

People aged 18-29 are due to be invited by the end of July.

Vaccination will normally take place in a mass vaccination centre. Please do not contact your GP practice for an appointment.

We are following the latest guidance on vaccine delivery for the under 30s, including the latest guidance on AstraZeneca.

We currently have a secondary reserve list open for people aged 18-29. However, please be aware that as expected we have a much reduced level of supplies of first dose vaccine for the next few weeks so there will be fewer appointments available.

Second dose vaccination

Second dose vaccination is under way:

Second dose vaccination with Pfizer/BioNTech is under way. All second dose vaccination with Pfizer/BioNTech will need to take place in a mass vaccination centre due to the specific requirements of storage, transport and delivery of this vaccine.

Second dose vaccination appointments for AstraZeneca are under way for people who received their first dose during February. Your second dose will normally be provided around 11 weeks after your first dose. If you received your first dose vaccination from the health board (e.g. care home worker, mass vaccination centre) then you will receive an invitation to a mass vaccination centre for your second dose (exceptions include housebound, care home residents, inpatients). If you received your first dose vaccination from your GP practice then you will be invited by your GP practice for your second dose.

If you received your first dose 11 weeks ago and you have not yet received your invitation for your second dose please use our Second Dose Priority Access Form to let us know so that we can invite you as soon as possible.

You may be aware that we are experiencing reduced UK supplies of vaccine during April, and this is not affecting second dose appointments.

Local news and updates

The latest edition of our COVID-19 Vaccination Newsletter was published on 23 April.

Our most recent public Q&A session was on 7 April and is available to watch online. Our next public Q&A session will be on 12 May.

National news and updates:

The latest updates from Welsh Government are available from their website.

Weekly updates on vaccination figures at health board level (and daily updates on figures at an all-Wales level) are published by Public Health Wales.

COVID-19 vaccination: what should I do?

Please wait to be invited for your vaccination or use our priority access forms (if you are over 40) or our reserve list (if you are 18-39). Vaccination is available by appointment only.

Invitations are currently being issued based on the national priority order.

Patients are being invited based on where you are registered with a GP (if you are registered with GP outside Powys you will be invited through the vaccination programme in the relevant county).

Frontline health and care workers are being invited via their employer based on where they work (in other words, if you live in Powys but provide frontline health and care in a neighbouring county then vaccination will be arranged in our county of work).

Please don’t contact your GP, pharmacy, health board, hospital or local authority about an appointment (unless and until you are invited to do so).

If you are invited to attend a Mass Vaccination Centre and CAN attend then please DO attend as this will help us vaccinate as many as possible as quickly as possible.

 

Where is COVID-19 vaccination taking place in Powys?

Vaccination is currently taking place in:

Vaccination is also under way for people who are clinically housebound.

 

What COVID-19 vaccines are currently available?

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MRHA) has now approved the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and the Moderna vaccine. We know that we now have three safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines which can be used in Wales.

Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines are being used in Powys, but the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine can only be administered from our mass vaccination centres.

The Moderna vaccine has also been approved by the MHRA, with UK supplies just beginning.

 

Who are the priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination?

Delivery of the vaccination programme in Powys is following guidance from Welsh Government and from the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation:

This means that the priority groups for vaccination by mid February are:

This next priority groups for vaccination by mid April are:

It is estimated that taken together, groups 1-9 represent around 99% of preventable mortality from COVID-19.

The Committee has also provided advice on the priorities for the next phase of vaccination for people aged 18 to 49.

You will be invited based on where you are registered with a GP. For example, Powys residents who are registered with a GP in England will be invited via the vaccination programme in England. The main exception is frontline health and care workers who will be invited via their employer based on where they work.

Everyone in priority groups 1-4 will have received their invitation by mid February. Everyone in priority groups 1-9 will have received their invitation by mid April. The rest of the adult population will be invited by end July - although many people will be invited much sooner.

    The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has recommended that unpaid carers are vaccinated in Priority Group 6. More information is available from our Carers page.

     

    More information about the national COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in Wales:

    Understandably, there will be a lot of questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

     

    More information about how we are delivering the national COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in Powys:

    Please use the navigation buttons to find out more about COVID-19 vaccination for each Priority Group.

    Establishing the biggest ever vaccination programme is a massive task involving hundreds of staff and volunteers across Powys. Here are just a few examples of the amazing members of the team who are making this happen on our website:

     

    Please note that national factors such as vaccine approval & availability, and changes to national policy & guidance, will impact on the delivery of our COVID-19 vaccination programme in Powys. This does mean that the information on this page is subject to change. Please keep checking back for the latest information.

     

     

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