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Up to 20,000 vaccines possible by the end of the week

Created on 25/01/2021 @ 14:27
The relocation of a national Covid-19 vaccine centre to the Maldwyn Leisure Centre has helped boost the number of vaccinations being made - with more than 20,000 expected by the end of this week.

And local GPs in Newtown and throughout the area are beginning vaccinations from today.

Powys Teaching health Board Chief Executive, Carol Shillabeer, said that despite last week's bad weather, more than 12,000 people were vaccinated in the county.

"With the county being battered by Storm Christoph, this total has only been made possible because of the amazing response of the people of Powys.

"With some people unable to attend their appointment due to flooding or icy conditions, we were quickly able to fill our slots thanks to local residents aged 70+ coming forward to visit our vaccination centres at short notice."

She added: This week’s big jump in vaccinations is also due to the relocation of our Mass Vaccination Centre in Newtown to Maldwyn Leisure Centre. The new facility is a massive boost to our vaccination capacity in the county. Together these developments mean we remain on target to achieve our goal to vaccinate people in Priority Groups 1 to 4 by mid-February."

The members of Priority Groups 1 to 4 who should expect their vaccination appointment by mid-February include:
Residents of care homes for older adults - nearly all residents have now received their vaccination – there are some residents who should not have the vaccine yet for clinical reasons.
People aged 80 and over – all registered patients aged 80 and over should now have received their invitation – there are more details later in this newsletter if you know someone who has not received their letter.
Frontline health and care workers – information has been sent to employers across the county.
People aged 75 and over – invitations have begun for the GP practice clinics which start from 25 January.
People aged 70 and over – invitations are beginning to some people aged 70 and over and will continue in the days ahead.
People who are “clinically extremely vulnerable” – invitations will begin very soon – and remember that this is a smaller group than the people with underlying health conditions who receive the seasonal flu immunisation.