Eluned Morgan MS, Minister for Health and Social Services
Today, I will publish the latest version of our COVID-19 vaccination programme update.
I am pleased to see that people are still coming forward for both their primary dose and their booster dose of the vaccine. As of the 2 March 2022, 91.6% of people have received their first dose, 86.8% have received their second and 71.5% have come forward to receive their booster dose. Over 75% of 16-17 year olds in Wales have now received at least one dose of COVID-19. This is a great achievement and very important as the vaccine offers a good level of protection against the virus.
Health boards still have walk-in sessions across Wales for all doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for those aged 12 and over. There are also contact details for health boards here and information on their social media. Our vaccination teams can answer any questions you may have about vaccination and support you to get vaccinated.
During Recess I published our COVID-19 vaccination strategy for 2022. The programme will continue to focus on protecting our most vulnerable and health boards are now planning to prioritise the offer of a booster for the over-75s, older care home residents and the most vulnerable a spring booster vaccine in the coming weeks.
Health boards are also working on the offer of the vaccine to all five to 11 year olds. As I outlined three weeks ago, we will be offering a vaccine to all five to 11-year-olds later this month. This is a precautionary offer to increase their immunity against severe Covid-19 in advance of a potential future wave and to minimise disruption to their education.
I remain committed to not leaving anyone behind and encourage everyone to take up their offer of a vaccine. The success of our vaccination programme has changed the course of the pandemic for the better. Every vaccine given helps to Keep Wales Safe.