Eluned Morgan, Minister for Health and Social Services
I am delighted that more than 75% of adults aged under-50 in Wales have had their first dose. This means that we have achieved the final milestone we set ourselves in our COVID-19 Vaccination strategy early and we will now move from phase 2 to the next phase of our programme. In this phase, we will make sure everyone gets their second dose and work on an autumn booster programme. We will always endeavour to ensure no one is left behind. This is yet another significant achievement in our programme and a crucial step forward in our fight against COVID-19 and getting back to doing more of the things we enjoy.
Whilst we have achieved our 75% take up target we will keep working to do more, and we need everyone’s help to do this. The vaccine is a vital step in our way out of the pandemic.
We want to make it as easy as possible for people to get their vaccine, particularly younger adults who have other demands on their time. Vaccination centres across many parts of Wales will be open for walk-in appointments from this weekend.
The vaccine is the best way to prevent serious illness and the spread of COVID-19 and every eligible adult is urged to take-up both doses. Ask your friends and family if they have had the vaccine and please encourage them to come along. It is never too late to arrange an appointment and if you have not received your offer of vaccination, you can attend a walk-in appointment or find out who to contact here.
I am incredibly proud of everyone all our NHS Wales colleagues, wider partners, volunteers whose continuous hard work and dedication has made this possible.