Minister for Health and Social Services
This week has been a week of real progress for our vaccination programme. We have published an update to our national strategy, confirming the bringing forward of target dates for our key milestones – including offering the vaccine to all eligible adults by the end of July. We have set out our direction of travel for phase 2 of the programme, following the publication yesterday of the interim advice on prioritisation of the independent Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation. We have also published important guidance on the eligibility, identification and support of many unpaid carers and people with learning disabilities and severe mental illness that will be prioritised for vaccination.
We end the week with more fantastic news about our programme. Data published today shows that more than 1 million vaccinations have now been administered by NHS Wales, with the support of many partners and volunteers.
916,336 people have now been recorded as having their first dose of the vaccine in Wales. That’s over 38% of Wales’ adult population. Combined with 89,053 second doses having been administered, 1,005,389 vaccinations have now reached people’s arms.
This has all been achieved in just 12 weeks. This is an incredible achievement. I am tremendously proud of the team who have delivered this landmark and the renewed hope that this will provide the country.