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Today sees the launch of COVID vaccinations at your local GP practice in Powys.

All 16 GP practices in Powys will being vaccinating people this week, adding to the county’s already successful Mass Vaccination Centres and bringing the number of places you can receive the vaccine in Powys to 19.

This morning in Builth Wells, Practice Nurse Gill Gorton was one of the first people to give the COVID vaccine at a GP practice in Powys, administering it to Mrs Pat Borland from Builth Wells. Mrs Borland was pleased to receive the vaccine.

In Ystradgynlais Ian Stuttard was vaccinated by Julie James and was the first of 80 people vaccinated at the practice today, which plans to vaccinate over 600 by the end of the week. He said “I feel privileged to be the first vaccine recipient. It could save my life. I appreciate the skills and hard work of all those involved in creating and distributing the vaccine.”

With the addition of GP vaccinations, Powys is currently aiming to deliver around 7,000 vaccines per week and it is expected that this capacity will increase as vaccine supply increases in the coming weeks.

Every person over the age of 80 should now have received a letter giving them a vaccination appointment. Anyone who has not received a letter can let us know by registering at https://pthb.nhs.wales/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccination/over-18-in-powys-and-not-received-an-invitation-to-vaccination/

In order to reduce the risk of people being given duplicate appointments and vaccine being potentially wasted, GP Practices are working to a list of patients supplied by the health board and are phoning patients to invite them for vaccination. Please do not call your GP directly for COVID vaccination at this time as they need their telephone capacity to make the outgoing calls to make the appointments.

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