Here are some of the key headlines this week:
- Invitations have now been posted to everyone aged 40 and over. If you have not yet received your invitation then you can use our Priority Access Form to let us know, and our team will fast-track you to an appointment: Priority Access Forms - Powys Teaching Health Board (nhs.wales)
- Everyone aged 30-39 can join our reserve list, and there is also a secondary reserve list for people aged 18-29: Reserve Lists - Powys Teaching Health Board (nhs.wales)
- If you receive an invitation and wish to decline vaccination, or wish to cancel the appointment you have been offered and arrange a new one, then please let us know by contacting the booking hub (the telephone number is in your letter) or by using our online form: Decline or Cancel your Mass Vaccination Centre invitation - Powys Teaching Health Board (nhs.wales)
- With reserve lists now open for all adults, we are well ahead of our target of offering everyone in Priority Groups 1 to 9 an appointment by the middle of April. This was Milestone 2 in the national vaccination strategy, and we have already moved past this and we are vaccinating under 50s.
- You can find detailed information about the current position and next steps for each Priority Group on our website, including how to contact us if you are a frontline health & care worker, unpaid carer, or have underlying health conditions: COVID-19 Vaccination - Powys Teaching Health Board (nhs.wales)
- The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MRHA) have published updated guidance on the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. Specifically, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has advised that it is preferable for adults aged 18-29 years without underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe disease, to be offered an alternative COVID-19 vaccine to AstraZeneca, if available. AstraZeneca remains recommended for all adults with underlying health conditions including those aged 18-29. We have adopted this guidance in Powys, and there is more information later in this newsletter. We continue to encourage everyone to take up vaccination as an important step to protect themselves and to continue the journey of recovery in Powys.
- It remains the case that UK vaccine supplies will reduce later in April. This is outside our local control. After a very busy few weeks this means that the pace of first dose appointments will fall from their current peak, before they rise again later in the spring when supplies increase once more. Peaks and troughs in supply are very much expected as part of such a major vaccination programme. And, we remain on schedule to offer vaccination to everyone aged 18 and over by the end of July (Milestone 3 in the national vaccination strategy). In fact, 14% of adults under 50 have already received their first dose.
- Second dose appointments are not affected by the change in supplies. You should still expect an invitation for an appointment 11-12 weeks after your first dose. Some supplies of Pfizer/BioNTech for second dose appointments arrived sooner than we had originally anticipated, which means that some second dose appointments with Pfizer/BioNTech have taken place earlier than 11-12 weeks.
- Information about second dose appointments is available from our website, including an online form if you do not receive an invitation for a second dose appointment 11-12 weeks after your first dose: Second Dose Appointments - Powys Teaching Health Board (nhs.wales)
- More than 93% of people in Priority Groups 1-9 have already received their first dose, and nearly a third have double dose protection. This also means that nearly 70% of the total adult population in Powys have had their first vaccination. The graph below shows the overall uptake in the county.
Read more and find previous updates via the PTHB Website Covid Vaccination page.
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