MORE than 100,000 North Wales residents have now been fully vaccinated against Covid-19

A further 316,887 people have received a first dose of the vaccine.

In their latest update on March 30, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) said because of "significant delays to the UK’s Covid's vaccine supply", from early April the health board will receive less vaccine that they had planned for.

Chris Stockport, executive director of Primary and Community Care, said: "Despite this setback, we still remain on course to meet the Welsh Government’s target of offering a first dose of the vaccine to everyone in Priority Groups one to nine by April 19, and to the rest of the population by the end of July, subject to there being no further interruption to our vaccine supply.

"I would like to thank people across the region for their patience and understanding as we work through these supply challenges. Please be assured that we are working as quickly as we can with the supply we have.

"If you’re in priority groups six to nine and you’ve not yet received an appointment, please don’t yet contact your GP or our Covid-19 Vaccination Contact Centre – you will be contacted when it is your turn.

"You won’t be waiting too much longer now."

Vaccination progress as at March 29 2021:

  • 418,914 total vaccinations have been administered in North Wales
  • First dose vaccines – 316,887
  • Second dose vaccines – 102,027

Percentage of people in Priority Groups who have received a first dose:

  • Priority Group five (ages 65 to 69): 92 per cent
  • Priority Group six (ages 16 to 64 in an at risk group): 78 per cent
  • Priority Group seven (ages 60 to 64): 78 per cent
  • Priority Group eight (ages 55-59): 46 per cent
  • Priority Group nine (ages 50-54): 24 per cent

Vaccination supply for the week ahead

This week BCUHB expect to receive 23,000 first doses and 12,000 second dose vaccines. 

BCUHB is continuing to provide vaccination to the following groups this week, with invitations made by letter, text message and phone call:

  • People aged 65-69 years (Priority Group five)
  • People aged 16-64 years with underlying health conditions (Priority Group six)
  • People aged 60-64 years (Priority Group seven)
  • People aged 55-59 years (Priority Group eight)
  • People aged 50-54 years (Priority Group nine)
  • Second doses to those who have received their first vaccination up to 12 weeks ago
  • People in priority groups one to four who were not able to take up an appointment when they were originally invited

Anyone who receives an invitation for an appointment but does not wish to be vaccinated are asked to let the health board know so the appointment can be offered to somebody else.

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