Eluned Morgan, Minister for Health and Social Services
Today I will publish our COVID-19 vaccination programme weekly update. Over 3.7 million doses of the vaccine have been delivered in Wales. In the last week, we have recorded over 124,000 doses, including more than 15,700 first doses and more than 108,000 second doses. I would like to thank all those involved for their incredible work. This is important progress in our programme and keeping Wales safe.
I also want set out our position on making vaccination compulsory in Wales. To date uptake of the vaccine by our care home workers has been high and we work with our NHS and the care home sector to monitor this very closely. We will continue to ensure care home workers are provided with all the support and information they need to come forward for vaccination, unless they are medically exempt. We are also developing guidance for employers in all sectors about the vaccination programme. We have no current plans to change the law to make vaccinations compulsory in Wales.
The vaccine is the best way to prevent serious illness and the spread of the disease. Having very high levels of people who have had two doses in Wales gives us more options for the future, in terms of potentially living with fewer restrictions, especially if we can keep cases of coronavirus in the community at a low level. Everyone eligible will receive information about the vaccination to help make up their minds if they have any concerns. Public Health Wales has helpful FAQs about the COVID-19 vaccines and safety for you to make up your mind. I strongly urge every eligible adult to take-up the offer of the coronavirus vaccine when it is their turn.
All health boards in Wales are encouraging anyone who hasn’t yet, to come forward for vaccination. If you think you have been missed, or have not yet received your offer of vaccination for whatever reason, you can find out who to contact here. It is never too late to arrange an appointment.