Eluned Morgan MS, Minister for Health and Social Services
Today, I will publish the latest version of our COVID-19 vaccination programme update.
I am pleased to confirm another first for the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Wales. Last Thursday we were the first UK Nation to begin vaccinating children aged 5 to 11 who are “at risk” with the new paediatric vaccine formulation. Children aged 5-11 who live in a household with someone who is immunosuppressed are also eligible for this vaccine and need to complete a form to let health boards know that they need an appointment. The form is available here. I am pleased that these families now have access to the vaccine for all over 5 years. I have received correspondence from concerned parents so I am very pleased that these children can be protected.
Once again, I would like to encourage anyone who needs a first, second or booster dose to come forward, now is the time. Unvaccinated people are more likely to need critical care in hospitals for Covid including the Omicron variant, and their outcomes are usually worse than those who are vaccinated. Whether it’s your first, second or booster vaccine, don’t put it off. Walk-in sessions are available across Wales for first, second and booster appointments and the vaccination teams can answer any questions you may have about vaccination and support you to get vaccinated.
As a guide to who is eligible for the vaccine including the interval between doses, Public Health Wales have published information available here.
There are also contact details for health boards here and information on their social media. Every vaccine given helps to Keep Wales Safe.