Posted: Fri 13th Oct 2023

Over 100,000 people invited for COVID-19 Autumn booster in North Wales

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Oct 13th, 2023

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board has revealed that over 100,000 of North Wales’s most vulnerable residents have been invited to receive their COVID-19 Autumn booster vaccine.

This is just the beginning as many thousands more will find appointment letters dropping through their letterboxes in the forthcoming weeks. The pace is set to intensify as the campaign gears up.

Significantly, by the culmination of this week, vaccination teams are scheduled to visit every care home in the region. This move will ensure that care home residents, who are among the most susceptible to the virus, receive added protection against COVID-19.

The completion of this pivotal first phase, focusing on the most vulnerable, will then allow the vaccination teams to divert their attention to inviting an increasing number of patients to the extensive network of local vaccination centres.

Moreover, there’s no letting up, as efforts are underway to ensure that housebound patients are not left out. Teams are actively reaching out to arrange appointments for them to get their Autumn booster dose.

The Health Board has proudly announced the successful delivery of more than 33,000 doses of the COVID-19 Autumn booster vaccine to date.

However, a gentle reminder has been issued to those awaiting their appointments. If you’re eligible but haven’t received your appointment yet, patience is urged.

Appointment allocations are being carried out in order of clinical necessity, under advisement from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

The Health Board reassures residents that there’s no need to contact them, as all relevant details will be provided in due course.

A wave of gratitude is also sent out to the residents of North Wales, who have responded positively, turning up for their Autumn booster vaccinations in impressive numbers.

Those unable to attend their pre-scheduled slots are assured that rearrangements can easily be made by adhering to the instructions provided in their appointment letters.

Lastly, residents are urged to check their eligibility not only for the COVID-19 Autumn booster but also for the flu vaccine.

In certain cases, both vaccines might be offered simultaneously, ensuring maximum protection.

The board has expressed its concerns over the escalating trend of COVID-19 hospital admissions and has also pointed out reports of a severe flu season witnessed in Australia.

They emphasise the importance of safeguarding oneself this winter by availing of the offered vaccinations promptly.

The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board remains committed to its mission of ensuring a healthier North Wales, and this drive is a testament to that dedication.

  • You can check if you are eligible for a COVID-19 Autumn booster and the flu vaccine here.

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