Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health and Social Services
Last weekend I confirmed that we had reached the one million doses mark in our vaccination programme. Today, I am very pleased to confirm that one million people have now had at least one dose of the lifesaving vaccine. This is all within just three months since our vaccine programme began.
1,007,391 people have now been recorded as having their first dose of the vaccine in Wales. Combined with 192,030 second doses having been administered, 1,199,421 vaccinations have now reached people’s arms.
Both of these landmark achievements have been reached ahead of the deadline we set ourselves in our recently published Strategy Update. This is testament to the unwavering commitment of our vaccination teams across the country. Our NHS and all those supporting this immense effort across all sectors can be proud of this achievement. My thanks goes to them all.
I would also like to put on record my thanks to each and every one of those one million people to have taken up their offer of the vaccine. They have done their bit in this national effort. Every single dose really does count. Every vaccine administered is a step closer to a brighter future for us all. The vaccines are safe and effective and I urge everyone to take up their offer when it is their turn.
We have reached both of these significant milestones amidst reduced levels of vaccine supply over recent weeks. This was expected and our delivery plans have been tailored to it. However, I am pleased that we can now look forward to an increase in supplies over the coming weeks. I am looking forward to seeing the numbers of people receiving both their first and second doses building as we move towards our next key milestone of vaccinating all those in the current 9 priority groups by the middle of April.