Face masks and social distancing: Due to the rising prevalence of COVID-19 in our communities, we strongly encourage healthcare staff and visitors to wear a face covering in all of our settings, particularly in clinical areas and those with high footfall. Please exercise a common-sense approach and personal responsibility to help us reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our patients, workforce and services. In addition to wearing a face covering, it is important to continue to maintain social distancing where possible. Thank you for your continued support and co-operation at this time. We continue to regularly review our advice based on prevalence in our communities and our hospitals.
We have given more than 800,000 doses and continue to vaccinate seven days a week.
Full details of where you can get the dose you need are below, along with information on other developments.
Statement from our Executive Director of Public Health, Keith Reid, following an issue at the Bay Mass Vaccination Centre last weekend.
“I wish to apologise to those young people who were turned away from the vaccination centre at the weekend after responding to an invitation for a second dose.
“This shouldn’t have happened and I am sorry for the upset and upheaval this will have caused you and your families. I also recognise that you now have to attend again to get the vaccination and I hope that your experience on your recent visit has not put you off getting a second dose of vaccine.
“I have asked for an investigation to establish why this occurred so we can prevent it happening again.
“We understand that at least 30 young people were turned away in error over the Saturday and Sunday and we are really sorry about this. The investigation will look in detail at why this happened and the exact numbers who were affected. But at this stage it does not appear that the invitations were issued too early.”
Vaccination for those with allergies
If you have an allergy or allergies, we understand you will need good quality information on how your body might react to vaccination before deciding to go ahead.
If you do have questions or concerns you can speak to one of our clinicians by contacting our booking line on 01792 200492 or 01639 862323 before attending for vaccination.
After speaking to you, the clinical lead may refer you to the allergy clinic where there is the potential option of having the vaccine in a specialised clinic if deemed appropriate.
We have also pulled together some vaccination facts that may help:
Getting the vaccine
You can get whatever dose you need at drop-in sessions or by booking online.
In addition, we continue to invite those who become eligible.
Drop-in sessions are available at the Bay MVC, our containers (local vaccination centres) at the Guildhall in Swansea, Pontardawe Leisure Centre and in a number of community pharmacies.
From Wednesday, February 16th, we will also have a container outside Croeserw Community Hub.
Trial for Covid treatment
Have you just tested positive for Covid-19? Would you like to join a new UK-wide trial for effective early treatments?
This trial is available for people who are at wider risk of serious illness from Covid-19 either because:
• They are over the age of 50, or
• They are aged 18 to 49 with underlying health conditions. (Many will already qualify for free annual flu jabs.)
To take part people need to fall into one of the at-risk groups, have tested positive for Covid-19 by either a PCR or LFT test, and have symptoms.
The PANORAMIC trial involves a course of oral tablets. These tablets are already used to treat some people who are ill enough with Covid-19 to be in hospital.
The trial is now looking at how effective the treatment is for people who are still at home who test positive for Covid-19, and who have symptoms.
It is a UK-wide study and anyone who is in the at-risk categories can apply to take part, whether they have been vaccinated or not.
Or, ring 08081 560017 (calls are free.)
Once accepted onto the trial, the tablets are posted to you straight away as they should be taken within five days. You will be asked to answer follow up questions online or by telephone, but no face-to-face visits are needed.
Afghan interpreter's move to Swansea translates into new NHS career
Having flown out of Afghanistan, fearing for his life as the Taliban stormed Kabul, Mohamed Ferooz Noori is now helping save lives by working with Swansea Bay’s vaccination programme.
The father of two was relocated to the UK following the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan last August.
He had been working as a translator alongside the British military, and when he arrived in the UK was originally sent to Cardiff before moving to Swansea. He now works as a call handler in Bay Mass Vaccination Centre.
Vaccination team reflects on happy relationship with wedding venue
Swansea Bay’s vaccination team has undergone an amicable parting of the ways with The Orangery at Margam.
After delivering more than 150,000 Covid vaccinations, over the course of the past year, at the picturesque wedding venue in the grounds of Margam Park, the team is set to move to a new venue in Aberafan Shopping Centre.
The change of venue will allow The Orangery to revert to its former use as a sought-after location for happy couples to celebrate tying the knot.
Walking group uses great outdoors to help tackle long Covid
People suffering with long Covid symptoms are benefiting from getting out in the great outdoors as part of their ongoing recovery.
A new walking group sees those taking part exercising at their own pace as they are accompanied along the route by a GP and a physiotherapy assistant practitioner.
Patients who have been referred to the Long Covid Rehabilitation Service, which runs from the Bay Field Hospital, are invited to take part in the weekly walks as an extension of the support available to them.
Latest Covid vaccination figures
Please note: Figures correct as of 1pm on Friday, February 4th. These figures are for the Swansea Bay University Health Board area, not the whole of Wales.
1st dose: 303,954
2nd dose: 282,985
3rd dose (for the immunosuppressed): 7,106
Booster dose: 214,418
Running total (1, 2, 3 and booster doses): 808,463
That’s all for this week. Many thanks for reading.