All 16 and 17-year-olds in Wales will receive an offer of a Covid-19 vaccination by the end of this week, the health minister has confirmed.
Eluned Morgan said she encourages everyone to take up their offer of a jab to further protect the population against the virus which has claimed 5,641 lives to date according to Public Health Wales.
It follows new guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on vaccinating over-16s.
Read more: The huge number of young people in Wales that still haven’t had a Covid jab
The Welsh Government said walk-in clinics are open throughout Wales to offer this age group the opportunity for immunisation “at their convenience”.
Baroness Morgan said: “Our vaccination programme is world-leading but we know that there are still some people who have yet to take up the offer of a vaccine.
“We are particularly keen to ensure that young people, including those over-16s who are now eligible for the vaccine, take up the offer so that they are at lower risk of the effects of coronavirus now that they are able to socialise more.
“The vaccine is our best possible protection against coronavirus and we want to ensure that there is no-one left behind in getting their dose which is why it’s so important that we make it as easy and convenient for people to access a vaccine.
“It’s not too late to get your vaccine. Please come forward to take up your offer or attend a walk-in clinic to help protect yourselves and your loved ones and to Keep Wales Safe.”
This week a mobile vaccination unit will be at the Pembrokeshire Show where organisers are expecting footfall of around 10,000, making this a good opportunity to administer the vaccine to any residents who would like to take up the offer.
Uptake of the first vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):
- Care home residents: 13,849 (98.2%)
- Care home workers: 35,646 (93.6%)
- 80 years and older: 162,844 (96.1%)
- Healthcare workers: 137,729 (96.6%)
- Social care workers: 45,684 (no percentage available)
- 75-79 years: 127,779 (96.9%)
- 70-74 years: 175,858 (96.3%)
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 76,950 (94.6%)
- 65-69 years: 171,149 (95%)
- Clinical risk groups 16-64 years 318,713 (89.9%)
- 60-64 years: 191,725 (93.4%)
- 55-59 years: 213,834 (91.6%)
- 50-54 years: 204,774 (89.7%)
- 40-49 years: 333,412 (84.5%)
- 30-39 years: 328,224 (76.9%)
- 18-29 years: 366,516 (75.7%)
Uptake of the second vaccine dose by priority group (according to PHW):
- Care home residents: 13,473 (95.5%)
- Care home workers: 34,373 (90.3%)
- 80 years and older: 160,679 (94.9%)
- Healthcare workers: 134,409 (94.3%)
- Social care workers: 44,957 (no percentage available)
- 75-79 years: 126,587 (96%)
- 70-74 years: 174,448 (95.5%)
- Clinically extremely vulnerable 16-69 years: 75,179 (92.4%)
- 65-69 years: 169,165 (93.9%)
- Clinical risk groups 16-64 years: 304,931 (86%)
- 60-64 years: 188,715 (91.9%)
- 55-59 years: 209,512 (89.8%)
- 50-54 years: 199,319 (87.3%)
- 40-49 years: 317,337 (80.4%)
- 30-39 years: 293,665 (68.8%)
- 18-29 years: 297,945 (61.5%)
More than 200,000 people aged under 40 have still not received a single dose of the vaccine. The Welsh Government said that all adults in Wales aged over 18 were offered an appointment for their first dose of the vaccine two months ago.
In Denbighshire the seven-day Covid infection rate in the under-25s category was 519.4 per 100,000 population for the week ending August 5 – by some distance the most in Wales. It was followed by Conwy with 369.5, Wrexham with 317.4, and Monmouthshire with 278.5. More than a quarter (26.7%) of under-25s in Denbighshire taking a Covid-19 test were found to be positive in that week.
Meanwhile the number of vaccines being administered in Wales dropped to their lowest levels last week with just over 40,200 doses given out in the seven days up to Saturday, August 14. In March upwards of 38,500 vaccines jabs were being given every day.
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