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Local GPs to begin administering Covid-19 vaccine

Created on 12/01/2021 @ 13:26
Local GP practices, including Newtown, Montgomery, Caersws and Llanidloes, will be calling patients for the Covid-19 at their practices.

Powys Teaching Health Board announced today that all 16 GP practices in Powys will be telephoning every patient aged 75 to 80 years next week to book an appointment. 

People have been asked not to contact their GP as they will be contacted.

"COVID-19 vaccination is already well under way in Powys through the county's three mass vaccination centres in Newtown, Builth Wells and Bronllys. By the end of next week every patient aged 80 or over will have received a letter from the health board with their appointment at a Mass Vaccination Centre, or inviting them to book one," said a health board statement.

"In order to make the process of vaccination as smooth as possible, we ask people NOT to call their GP about COVID vaccination at this time. GP staff will be phoning people to make these appointments as quickly as they are able. Please help them to do this by not calling unnecessarily."

By the end of January:
The health board will have invited almost 9,000 people in Powys aged 80 or over to have their vaccination at one of our Mass Vaccination Centres.
An additional 900+ people living in care homes in Powys will have received the COVID vaccination.
More than 5,000 health and social care staff will have received the COVID vaccination in Powys
Invitations will have begun to more than 7,500 people aged 75-80 for vaccination by their GP
We will be giving almost 8,000 COVID vaccinations per week in Powys
In line with the UK-wide four nation approach, second doses of vaccination will be booked for 11 weeks after the first.

"It is important to continue to follow the regulations on social distancing even after you have been vaccinated.

"The vaccine will reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill, but we do not know yet whether it will stop you from catching and passing on the virus. So it is vital that everyone contributes to follow the guidance on COVID-19 to protect themselves and others.

"Please do not contact your GP, pharmacy, health board, hospital or local authority for an appointment unless you have been contacted to invite you to an appointment. Patients are being contacted in the priority order identified by the UK's independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation."