All eligible adults will be offered a Covid vaccine by the autumn, under plans published by the Welsh Government today.
The plan sets out a series of milestones for when people will be offered the jab. The announcement comes as around 86,000 of the 275,000 does of the two Covid-19 vaccines have been delivered in Wales so far, putting the Country behind the rest of the UK.
As part of the announcement, Wales Health Minister has confirmed Wales will publish daily vaccine figures from today.
The three milestones set out in the plan are:
In total, around 2.5m people throughout Wales could be offered Covid vaccines by September, depending on further advice from the JCVI.
The strategy depends on sufficient and regular supplies of the vaccines being delivered. It will be kept under review in line with supply of the vaccine and any further advice from the JCVI.
Health Minister Vaughan Gething said:
“The Covid vaccines offer our best hope of a return to the normality we are looking forward to after such a difficult year, which has turned all our lives upside down.
“Delivering this vaccination programme to the people in Wales is a huge task but an enormous amount of work is going on to make it a success.
“We are making good progress with thousands more people being vaccinated every day.
“Over the coming week we will see the programme pick up further speed with more clinics opening and the first vaccines to be given by pharmacists.”
To reach as many people as safely and as quickly as possible, we are continuing to accelerate the vaccination programme as more supplies of the two vaccines become available.
Dr Gillian Richardson, who leads the Covid vaccination programme in Wales, said:
“This is the biggest vaccination programme Wales has ever seen and the NHS is working incredibly hard to get the vaccine to as many people as possible, safely and as quickly as we can.
“People will be invited to come and have a vaccination at a clinic close to their home or at one of the mass vaccination centres. I know everyone is really keen to get their jab but please wait until you are contacted for your turn.
“Vaccination will give us a path out of this pandemic but it will take us a little while to protect all the people in Wales who need it – this is why it’s so important everyone continues to take steps to protect themselves and their families from coronavirus.”
Data for the number of COVID-19 vaccines administered in Wales will be available every week day from today.
The daily release accounts for the total number of vaccines given until 10pm the previous day, which have been recorded on the COVID-19 Welsh Immunisation System. Actual figures will be higher due to ongoing data entry.
The daily vaccination data will be published at 12pm daily via https://public.tableau.com/profile/public.health.wales.health.protection#!/vizhome/RapidCOVID-19virology-Public/Headlinesummary