All eligible adults in Powys will be offered booster vaccination by end of January.
The programme is gathering pace following new guidance published last week (29 November) by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). This expert national body now recommends boosters for everyone aged 18 and over, as well as 16-17 year olds in certain risk groups. Their recommendations have been adopted by Welsh Government.
Boosters can now be offered at three months, which means that the health board will now be inviting those in the highest priority groups who received their second dose more than three months ago.
Invitations are being issued in the following national priority order:
Older people and others in higher risk groups will be invited as close to three months as possible after our second dose. We currently expect that most people aged 18-49 who are not in a higher risk group will receive an invitation for an appointment in January.
Adrian Osborne, Programme Director for COVID-19 Vaccination for Powys Teaching Health Board said: "Following last week's updated guidance we are ramping up our vaccination programme here in Powys. Our vaccination centres will be offering more doses every day, and open more days each week. I would like to think the team for their 'all hands to the pump' approach, as this vaccination programme is only possible because of the people who deliver it - as well as the amazing support from the people of Powys."
"We will also need your help and your patience to offer even more boosters, to more people, more quickly," added Mr Osborne. "Here are some ways you can help us:
"We do recognise that our Booking Team is very busy at the moment, and we recognise that this can be frustrating if you are trying to rearrange your appointment. We are very grateful to members of our team who are working extra hours to deal with all the enquiries. We are also increasing the staffing in our booking team, and are very grateful to Powys County Council who have been supporting us with this."
"Thank you to all our residents for your support for the COVID-19 vaccination programme. Powys continues to have the highest rates of first dose, second dose and booster uptake of all health boards in Wales. This is only possible because of the people of Powys."
More information about the booster programme in Powys is available from our booster pages.
Published 7 December 2021