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This page was last updated on 30 July 2021

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

Over 108,600 registered patients and health & care workers have now received their first dose in Powys, and 101,400 people have also received their second dose. This means over 210,000 doses have been delivered. This includes vaccine doses delivered elsewhere in the UK to Powys residents (e.g. Powys residents who work in frontline health and care in neighbouring counties) as well as doses we have given to Powys health & care workers who live outside the county.

97% of people in Priority Groups 1-9 in Powys have received their first dose. Of those who took up their first dose, 97% have already received their second dose.

Nine in ten (95%) of the adult population in the county have received their first dose. Of these, over four fifths (90%) have received double-dose protection.

Last week (week ending 25 July) over 4,200 vaccination doses were delivered in the county.

Thank you to everyone who continues to participate in our vaccination programme.

Today's headlines:

Aged 18+ (or nearly 18): If you are aged 18+ and registered with a Powys GP (or you will turn 18 by 31 October 2021) and have not yet received your first dose then you can attend our drop-in sessions or use our Priority Access Forms to let us know. Please do not contact your GP about first dose appointments, as all remaining first dose appointments are being organised via the health board.

Second doses: If you received your first dose on or before 31 May and have not yet been invited for your second dose then you can attend our drop-in sessions or use our Priority Access Form to let us know.

Vaccine passports: Please do not contact the health board or your GP practice about vaccine passports except in the specific circumstances mentioned in our vaccine passport page.

Booster vaccines: Please do not contact the health board or your GP practice about booster vaccines. We expect more detailed national guidance soon on the booster programme.

12-17 year olds: Welsh Government has approved recommendations from the JCVI on vaccination for certain individuals aged 12-17. We are currently putting in place arrangements for the health board to invite people aged 12-17 based on these recommendations. The invitation will be to a mass vaccination centre (as people aged 12-17 need to be offered the Pfizer vaccine which is administered from our centres in Newtown, Builth Wells and Bronllys). Please do not contact your GP or the health board for an appointment - look out for further details once arrangements for vaccinating eligible 12-17 year olds are confirmed.

Pregnancy: We have drop-in clinics available for first dose vaccination, and you can talk to your midwife to find out more about vaccination.

Our latest online Q&A session took place on 14 July. Our next will take place on 14 September.

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 we continue to provide first and second dose vaccination for any new residents who have not previously taken up the offer of vaccination.

More information for frontline care workers is provided below.

Look out for more details of the booster programme soon.

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. Of those who took up their first dose, 97% 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 complete our online Priority Access Form to let us know.

Information about second dose appointments is available below.

Look out for more details of the booster programme soon.

Priority Group 2: Frontline health and care workers

If you are a frontline health and care worker 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.

Look out for more details of the booster programme soon.

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. Of those who took up their first dose, 98% have already received their second dose.

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.

More information about second dose appointments is available below.

Look out for more details of the booster programme soon.

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 98% of people in this group have taken up first dose vaccination. Of those who took up their first dose, 98% have already received their second dose.

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.

More information about second dose appointments is available below.

Look out for more details of the booster programme soon.

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 98% of people in this group have taken up first dose vaccination. Of those who took up their first dose, 97% have already received their second dose.

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.

More information about second dose appointments is available below.

Look out for more details of the booster programme soon.

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. Of those who took up their first dose, 98% have already received their second dose.

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.

More information about second dose appointments is available below.

Look out for more details of the booster programme soon.

Priority Group 6: Adults with underlying health conditions

If you are aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions and have not yet received your invitation there is an eligibility tool and online form on our underlying health conditions page.

The Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine continues to be clinically recommended for adults under 40 with underlying health conditions.

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

Second dose vaccination is under way. Of those who took up their first dose, 96% have already received their second dose.

More information about second dose appointments is available below. 

Look out for more details of the booster programme soon.

Priority Group 6: Unpaid Carers

If you are an unpaid carer aged 18 or over and you have not yet received your first dose, please use our Priority Access Form so that we can fast track you to an appointment.

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

Look out for more details of the booster programme soon.

Priority Group 7: People aged 60-64

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

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 95% of this age group have received their first dose. Of those who took up their first dose, 98% have already received their second dose.

Information about second dose appointments is available below.

Look out for more details of the booster programme soon.

Priority Group 8: People aged 55-59 

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

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 95% of this age group have already received their first dose. Of those who took up their first dose, 97% have already received their second dose.

Information about second dose appointments is available below.

Look out for more details of the booster programme soon.

Priority Group 9: People aged 50-54

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

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 94% of this age group have received their first dose. Of those who took up their first dose, 96% have already received their second dose.

Information about second dose appointments is available below.

Look out for more details of the booster programme soon.

People aged 40-49

Everyone aged 40-49 should have received their invitation. 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.

Well over three quarters (88%) of this age group have received their first dose. Of those who took up their first dose, 93% have already received their second dose.

Information about second dose appointments is available below.

Based on current recommendations from the JCVI, the booster programme will include people aged 50+ (unless they are in another priority group, such as clinically extremely vulnerable).

People aged 30-39

Everyone aged 30-39 should have received their invitation.

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

If you are aged 30-39 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 following the latest guidance on vaccine delivery for the under 40s, including the latest guidance on AstraZeneca.

Over four fifths (82%) of this age group have received their first dose. Of those who took up their first dose, 84% have already received their second dose.

Information about second dose appointments is available below.

Based on current recommendations from the JCVI, the booster programme will include people aged 50+ (unless they are in another priority group, such as clinically extremely vulnerable).

People aged 18-29

Everyone aged 18-29 should have received their invitation.

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

We are following the latest guidance on vaccine delivery for the under 40s, including the latest guidance on AstraZeneca.

If you are aged 18-29 and registered with a GP in Powys, and you have not yet received your invitation for COVID-19 vaccination, then please use our Priority Access Form to let us know.

82% of 18-29 year olds have received their first dose vaccination, and of these 71% have already received their second dose.

Information about second dose appointments is available below.

Based on current recommendations from the JCVI, the booster programme will include people aged 50+ (unless they are in another priority group, such as clinically extremely vulnerable).

Under 18

COVID-19 vaccination is not currently routinely recommended in the UK for all people under 18. It is recommended for people under 18 in specific categories, such as people aged 16 and above who are clinically extremely vulnerable or with certain underlying health conditions.

We are currently putting in place our plans for implementing the latest guidance from the JCVI on 19 July. This includes opening up our drop-in sessions to those individuals who will turn 18 before the end of October 2021. People in this age group will also receive an invitation soon.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

COVID-19 vaccination is available if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. 

If you have not yet taken up your invitation for vaccination you can attend our drop-in sessions or use our Priority Access Form to request an appointment.

More information about vaccination during pregnancy and breastfeeding is available from our website.

Second dose vaccination

Second dose vaccination is under way.

Your second dose will normally be provided around 8 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 on or before 31 May 2021 and you have not yet received your invitation for your second dose please check for drop-in sessions, or use our Second Dose Priority Access Form to let us know so that we can invite you as soon as possible.

Please also check our website and social media channels for any drop-in sessions that may be available.

Local news and updates

The June edition of our COVID-19 Vaccination Newsletter is now available.

Our latest online Q&A session took place on 14 July. Our next will take place on 14 September.

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.

Where is COVID-19 vaccination taking place in Powys?

Vaccination has been taking place in:

 

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, the Moderna vaccine, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. We know that we now have four 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. Supplies of Johnson & Johnson are expected later in the year.

 

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.

Following this, the Committee provided advice on the priorities for the next phase of vaccination for people aged 18 to 49 by the end of July.

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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