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This page was last updated on 25 October 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

91.0% of adults aged 18+ in Powys have received their first dose, and 88.9% have received their second dose. We estimate that 82.4% of 16-17 year olds have received their first dose and around 40% of 12-15 year olds have received their first dose (second doses are not currently routinely recommended to all under 12-17 year olds)

Over 19400 booster doses have been given so far. Please do not contact us about a booster dose until you have received your invitation letter which will normally be 6-8 months after your second dose.

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

Today's headlines:

First doses: Join us at a drop-in clinic if you are 16+ and have not received your first dose.

Second doses: You will normally receive your invitation around 8 weeks after your first dose. If you are 18+, it is more than eight weeks since your first dose, and you have not received your invitation then you can complete our Priority Access Form. Second dose drop-in appointments are available for people whose first dose was more than 10 weeks ago.

Boosters: You should expect to receive your invitation letter between 6-8 months after your second dose if you are in an eligible group. You may also be able to join our reserve list so that we can contact you if a short notice appointment becomes available. If it is more than 8 months since your second dose and you have not received your invitation, please use our Priority Access Form to let us know.

12-15 year olds: All 12-15 year olds should have received their invitation by now. If you have not then please use our Priority Access Form to let us know. Drop in sessions are available on 25 and 26 October.

More information is available below.

First Doses

If you are aged 16+ and registered with a Powys GP and have not yet received your first dose then you can attend our drop-in sessions.

Please do not contact your GP about first dose appointments, as all remaining first dose appointments are being organised via the health board.

Invitations have been completed for 12-15 year olds.

Second Doses

You will normally receive your invitation around 8 weeks after your first dose.

If you are 18+ and you received your first dose more than ten weeks ago and have not yet received your second dose then please use our Priority Access Form to let us know.

If you are 18+ and you received your first dose more than ten weeks ago then you can attend our drop-in sessions.

Drop-in appointments are not available for AstraZeneca so please use our Priority Access Form if you are due an AZ second dose.

If you are under 18 and eligible for a second dose (e.g. because of underlying health conditions) then please use our  Priority Access Form.

Booster doses

If you are eligible for a booster then you will normally receive an invitation 6-8 months after your second dose.

For example if your second dose was at the end of March you will hear from us by the end of November if you are in an eligible group.

We also have a reserve list as very occasionally we can offer short notice appointments to help us use vaccine supplies (e.g. at the end of a clinic day). We kindly ask that you do not contact the health board or your GP practice until you receive your invitation.

If it is more than 8 months since your second dose and you have not received your invitation, please use our Priority Access Form to let us know.

More information is available from our booster programme page, which includes information about our reserve list.

Third primary dose vaccination

Welsh Government has adopted the recommendation from the JCVI to offer a third dose to certain individuals with immunosuppression.

This is different from a booster. If you are offered a third dose then we await UK guidance on whether you will also be offered a booster at a future date.

We are currently working with specialist clinicians in neighbouring health boards in Wales and hospitals in England to identify eligible individuals and invite them for vaccination. Your invitation will normally come from your health board.

NHS COVID Pass

We regret that the health board is not directly involved in vaccine passports or international travel policy and advice. Please do not contact the health board or your GP practice about vaccine passports and international travel except in the specific circumstances mentioned in our vaccine passport page.

Remember that it will be eight weeks between your first and second dose, and it can take a few days for your vaccine dose to appear on your NHS COVID Pass. Please make sure you plan at least two months ahead if you think you will need an NHS COVID Pass.

Under 18

One dose of COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for everyone aged 16-17*. If you are aged 16 or over and have not received your dose you can attend our drop-in sessions or please complete our Priority Access Form.

Provisional data suggests that 80% of people aged 16 and 17 in Powys have received a vaccine dose.

One dose of COVID-19 vaccination is also recommended for everyone aged 12-15*. Invitations have been completed to 12-15 year olds for appointments through to end October. More information is available from our 12-15 year olds page including a Priority Access Form if you have not received your invitation.

*Some under 18s - for example with certain conditions that make them more vulnerable to serious illness from COVID-19 - will be invited for two doses.

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.

Local news and updates

The 2 October 2021 edition of our COVID-19 Vaccination Newsletter is now available.

Our last online Q&A session took place on 13 October and our next event will take place in November.

National news and updates:

The latest updates from Welsh Government are available from their Welsh Government 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 booster vaccination taking place in Powys?

Vaccination is now taking place in:

  • three mass vaccination centres in NewtownBronllys, and Builth Wells - these are normally appointment only
  • care homes and hospital wards
  • three GP practices in Powys have joined the booster programme to offer COVID-19 boosters for their patients aged 80 and over - Welshpool, Rhayader and Presteigne (who will be vaccinating in Knighton for the Presteigne & Knighton over-80s)
  • people's homes (for those who are clinically housebound).

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

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

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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