The roll-out of the autumn Covid-19 booster has started today (Thursday 1 September) in Wales with care home residents and staff across Wales the first to receive the vaccine.
People who are eligible for the autumn booster are being invited for a vaccination by their health boards, with invitations issued in order of vulnerability. All those eligible are being offered a booster vaccine by December.
The Welsh Government say that the vaccine will help support the immunity of all those who are at higher risk from COVID-19, improving their protection against severe illness, while also helping to support the NHS during winter 2022-23.
A single dose of COVID-19 vaccine booster is being offered to
- Residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
- Frontline health and social care workers
- All adults aged 50 years and over
- People aged five to 49 years who are in a clinical risk group
- People aged five to 49 years who are household contacts of people who are immunosuppression
- People aged 16 to 49 who are carers.
Eligible adults aged 18 and over are being offered the new Moderna vaccine which protects from both the original strain of coronavirus and the Omicron variant. Under 18s are being offered the Pfizer vaccine.
Both vaccines are being offered at least three months after a previous dose.
Welsh Government Health Minister Eluned Morgan said: “Our winter respiratory vaccination programme will help protect the most vulnerable in our communities from flu and coronavirus this winter. The COVID-19 booster campaign will start with those in care homes, alongside those working within the NHS and the social care sector.
“Vaccines have had an enormous impact on the course of the pandemic – they have saved countless lives and given us the freedom and confidence to restart our lives.
“I want to thank everyone working in the NHS and other organisations who will once again lead efforts to protect the most vulnerable through vaccination.
“This year, we will once again offer an expanded flu programme, with 1.5 million people being eligible for a free vaccine.
“I would encourage anyone who is eligible to take up their invitation to help themselves.
“All eligible adults will be invited for their autumn COVID-19 booster via letter and text message from their health board by December and I would ask people not to contact their GPs about their invite so they can continue to focus on looking after people’s health.”
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