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Vaccination newsletter 3rd of March 2022

Close up of a vial labelled Covid vaccine held between two fingers on a gloved hand.

This week we have two important pieces of news about the programme.

Firstly, parents and carers of all five to 11 year olds registered with GPs in the Swansea or Neath Port Talbot area can now request a Covid vaccination for their child by filling in an online form. All the details and the link to the form are below in the ‘latest news’ section.

We’ll also be delivering a spring booster, so that will be a second booster, to those aged over 75, older adults in care homes and those aged 12 and over who are classed as immunosuppressed. This is being done as a precaution because these vulnerable groups will have had their first booster last September or October, therefore will have the longest gap since vaccination. We will update you on the details of this rollout soon.

Both of these moves follow the acceptance by Eluned Morgan, Minister for Health and Social Services, of the latest guidance from the independent body which advises UK governments, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

Looking ahead it is likely that there will be autumn Covid boosters for those who are the most vulnerable. We don’t have any further details at the moment but, as always, will update you as soon as the plan is confirmed.

 

As we are now in a less urgent phase of the programme, we are switching publication of this newsletter to an as-and-when basis. This means we’ll only send one out if we’ve got something really important you should know about.

 

You can read more about what we’re doing in ‘latest news’ below.

 

Latest news

 

Vaccination of children aged five to 11

You can now request a Covid-19 vaccination appointment for your child if they are aged between five and 11.

Following the recent JCVI recommendation that all children aged five to 11 should be offered two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, parents and guardians can register online to receive an appointment for their children.

You can fill out a form to request a Covid-19 vaccination for up to four children in your household within this age group. If you have more than four children aged five to 11 in your household, you can complete the form again.

Please only complete the form on behalf of a child aged between five and 11 for whom you have parental responsibility, and who is registered with a GP in the Swansea or Neath Port Talbot areas.

Follow this link to request an appointment for your five to 11 year old.

We are currently putting arrangements in place so we can start offering appointments in the coming weeks.

You will be contacted with the offer of an appointment once these arrangements are in place.

For most children the gap between each dose should be at least 12 weeks.

However, vaccinations are already in place for children aged five to 11 who are in a clinical risk group or are household contacts of people who are immunosuppressed. The recommended gap between doses for children in these groups is at least eight weeks.

The JCVI has carefully considered its decision and has recommended that a Covid-19 vaccination is offered to this age group. Follow this link to read the recent JCVI statement in full.

 

It’s never too late

There is a Covid vaccine available for everyone who wants one, so whether you’re missing your booster or haven’t had your first vaccine yet, there’s a session to suit you below at one of our centres or a community pharmacy.

You can drop in or book online.

Go to this form to book a Covid vaccine appointment online.

 

Vaccination venues in Swansea

Bay Mass Vaccination Centre, near Amazon, SA1 8QB (Please note that from Monday, March 7th the centre will no longer be open every day and opening times will change. Details are below.)

Drop in vaccinations available:

  • 9am to 8pm from Monday, February 28th to Friday, March 4th
  • 10am to 6pm on Saturday, March 5th and Sunday, March 6th
  • 10am to 6pm from Wednesday, March 9th to Sunday, March 13th
  • 10am to 6pm from Wednesday, March 16th to Sunday, March 20th
  • 9:30am to 6:30pm from Wednesday, March 23rd to Friday, March 25th
  • 10am to 6pm on Saturday, March 26th and Sunday March 27th
  • 9:30am to 6:30pm on Wednesday, March 30th
  • 10am to 6pm from Thursday, March 31st to Saturday, April 2nd

 

Container (local vaccination centre) outside Swansea Guildhall, SA1 4PE (Please note that from Monday, March 7th the centre will no longer be open every day.)

Drop in between 10am and 6pm on the following dates:

  • Monday, February 28th to Friday, March 4th - all between 9am and 4pm
  • Monday, March 7th, Wednesday, March 9th and Friday, March 11th
  • Monday, March 14th, Wednesday, March 16th and Friday, March 18th
  • Monday, March 21st, Wednesday, March 23rd and Friday, March 25th
  • Monday, March 28th, Wednesday, March 30th and Friday, April 1st

 

Container (local vaccination centre) outside Pontardawe Leisure Centre, SA8 4EG

Drop in between 10am and 6pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, March 8th and Tuesday, March 15th
  • Tuesday, March 22nd and Tuesday, March 29th

 

Vaccination venues in Neath Port Talbot

Container (local vaccination centre) in the car park of Morrisons supermarket, Baglan Industrial Park, Christchurch Road, Port Talbot, SA12 7DA.

Drop in between 10am and 6pm on the following dates:

  • Monday. February 28th to Friday, March 4th - all between 9am and 4pm
  • Monday, March 7th to Friday, March 11th
  • Monday, March 14th to Friday, March 18th
  • Thursday, March 24th and Saturday, March 26th
  • Thursday, March 31st and Saturday, April 2nd

 

The pop-up clinic in Croeserw Community Hub has now closed.

 

Community pharmacies in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot

1st, 2nd or booster dose available

No appointment needed. (However, some people will receive an invite for vaccination at their local pharmacy.)

Ages 18 and over

Pregnant women welcome

 

Community pharmacies offering vaccination from Monday, February 28th

 

Swansea:

City

Well - Urban Village, Unit 4, Urban Village, 215 High Street, Swansea, SA1 1NW. Monday and Wednesday, 9.30am to 5pm.

 

Clase

Well - Clase, 94 Rheidol Avenue, Clase, Swansea, SA6 7JS. Monday and Wednesday 9.30am to 5pm.

 

Gorseinon

Welchem Ty’r Felin Pharmacy - Cecil Road, Gorseinon, Swansea, SA4 4BY. Tuesday only, 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm.

 

Mayhill

Welchem Mountain View Pharmacy - 53 Mayhill Road, Mayhill, Swansea, SA1 6TD. Monday only, 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm.

 

Mumbles

Newbury Pharmacy, 35-37 Newton Road, Mumbles, Swansea, SA3 4BD, Thursday and Friday, 9.30am to 5pm.

Welchem Castle Pharmacy - 44 Queens Road, Mumbles, Swansea, SA3 4AN. Thursday only, 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm.

 

Penclawdd

Penclawdd M Rees, Sea View, Penclawdd, Swansea, SA4 3YF. Wednesday and Friday, 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm.

 

West Cross

Well – West Cross, 8 Alderwood Road, West Cross, Swansea, SA3 5JD. Tuesday and Wednesday, 9.30am to 5pm.

 

Neath Port Talbot:

 

Glynneath

Vale of Neath Pharmacy, Vale of Neath, Chain Road, Glynneath, Neath, SA11 5HP. Monday and Thursday, 9am to 5pm.

 

Neath

Well - Neath, 130 London Road, Neath, SA11 1HF. Monday and Wednesday, 9.30am to 5pm.

 

Skewen

Well - Skewen, 37 New Road, Skewen, Neath, SA10 6UT. Monday and Wednesday, 9.30am to 5pm.

 

 

Latest Covid vaccination figures

 

Please note: Figures correct as of 3.30pm on Thursday, March 3rd. These figures are for the Swansea Bay University Health Board area, not the whole of Wales.

 

1st dose: 305,309

2nd dose: 286,789

3rd dose (for the immunosuppressed): 7,348

Booster dose: 224,182

Running total (1, 2, 3 and booster doses): 823,628

That’s all for this week. Many thanks for reading.

 

 

 

 

 

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