Last updated 1 July 2021
Having a COVID‑19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and help reduce the number of deaths and hospital admissions due to coronavirus.
You need two doses of the vaccine. The first dose will give you high levels of short‑term protection after two to three weeks, but a second dose is needed for longer‑term protection. The second dose is scheduled to be given up to 12 weeks after the first dose.
This is even more important with new strains of coronavirus circulating in Powys. This includes the Delta variant, which is now the dominant strain in Wales. The Delta variant spreads much more easily than existing variants, which means it has the ability to cause many more cases and deaths. The welcome news is that evidence suggests that existing vaccines are effective against the Delta variant, but only after the full two doses. This means that if you have only had one dose of vaccine you need to be aware that the risk of infection to yourself and others remains. Maximum protection will happen around two weeks after your second dose.
We do therefore ask you to consider very carefully before declining COVID-19 vaccination.
More information about COVID-19 vaccination in Powys is available from our website at www.pthb.nhs.wales/covid-vaccine
You can also find out more about COVID‑19 vaccines, including their contents and possible side effects at https://phw.nhs.wales and https://coronavirus‑yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/productinformation
If you choose to decline vaccination now, you can opt back in at any time in future: https://pthb.nhs.wales/find/priority-access
An online form is available below, or if this is not visible in your browser you can access this at https://forms.office.com/r/MfJBZ7Bttw