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Welsh Government misses Over-80s vaccine target

 

A pledge by the Welsh Government to vaccinate 70% of the over-80s by the weekend has been missed.

The First Minister blamed Sundays weather as a factor for the target not being reached, saying that some elderly people were worried to go out in the floods, snow and ice.

Latest figures show 96,830 over-80s have received a first dose - 52.8% of the group.

First Minister Mark Drakeford told the Welsh Parliament that many over-80s did not feel it was safe to attend appointments in the snow and ice.

Last week, the Health Minister said that by Friday home 70 percent of care home staff and residents, and 70 percent over the over-80s would have been injected. Yesterday, he said that delays in reporting have prevented the full figures being known.

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Andrew RT Davies MS – the Leader of the Opposition in the Welsh Parliament – said the situation would be farcical were lives not at stake.

Mr Davies said: “Welsh Conservatives would have been the first to congratulate the Welsh Government and its Health Minister had the target been reached on Friday, but that target has been missed. 

"It’s the same old Labour story of taking credit when things go well but look to blame anyone and everything else when it goes wrong.

“The First Minister and his Health Minister must take full responsibility for this failure, and should face up, shape up, and get the vaccine programme back on track by appointing a dedicated vaccines minister and setting a commitment they can reach.”

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