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We’re now in a position to give you more details on how the speeded up booster programme will work here in Swansea Bay over the next two weeks.
We’ll take you through the process below.
There are a few things we need to tell you about first.
BOOSTER BY INVITATION ONLY
Please wait to be invited for your booster. There is no need to check up to see if you’ve been missed. You cannot book a booster or drop-in for one.
As per the Welsh Government announcement, our aim is to OFFER all eligible adults a booster by the end of the year.
We continue to visit people who are on our housebound list individually to give them boosters. But going to each home takes time, so we can’t vaccinate at anything like the pace we do in our mass vaccination centres. We know people are waiting.
With around 3,000 still on our housebound list, we can now offer some people on the list – but who are well enough to leave their homes briefly – the opportunity to get their booster at a local community pharmacy. Details on how this can be accessed are set out further down in this update.
What happens next?
Where and what time will the boosters be given?
Do I need to arrive early?
Which vaccine is being used for the booster?
Can carers get their booster at the same time as those they bring for their appointment?
Myself or my relative is on the housebound list and is fed up of waiting. What’s the alternative?
If you or your relative can leave home from time to time – perhaps you are used to collecting a prescription – but prefer not to, please consider getting your booster in a community pharmacy. It will be much quicker and allow our nurses to concentrate on those who are stuck at home.
The form asks you to choose the closest community pharmacy.