GP surgeries set to roll out Covid-19 jabs to aged 16-64 years with underlying health conditions

  Posted: 02.03.21 at 17:28 by The Editor

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CONWY GP surgeries could soon move to rolling out the Covid vaccination to those aged 16-64 years with underlying health conditions, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board reported this week.

As of the beginning of the week the health board has administered 240,092 vaccines,216,248 first doses and 23,844 second dose.

The percentage of vaccines administered to individuals in group 5 (65-69) is 77% and the percentage of vaccines administered to individuals in group 6is currently 13%.

Gill Harris, Deputy Chief Executive said: “To date we have vaccinated over 75% of people aged 65-69 (Priority Group 5) and we have plans in place to meet the Welsh Government’s target of offering vaccination to Priority Groups 1-9 by April 19th, subject to vaccine supplies.”

This week the health board has received a total of 35,870 vaccines (16,830 of the Pfizer vaccine and 19,040 AstraZeneca). The Pfizer vaccines will again be used primarily for second doses. There will be an expected increase in AstraZeneca vaccine supply from next week onwards.

GP surgeries that have vaccinated 80 per cent of their patients aged 65-69 (Priority Group 5) will now begin to offer vaccination to all individuals aged 16-64 years with underlying health conditions (Priority Group 6).

Following last week’s announcements from the Joint Council for Vaccination and Immunisation and the Welsh Government, people with learning disabilities, severe mental illness and unpaid carers are now included in Priority Group 6.

The deputy ceo added: “We are working with the Welsh Government, Local Authorities and GPs to ensure that this cohort are identified and invited for vaccination in a timely manner. Letters are also being sent out to those in Priority Group 7 offering them appointments later this month.

"Following a successful pilot in Dwyfor, more community pharmacies across north Wales are now joining the vaccination programme.”

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