Covid: All over-50s in Wales to be offered jab by spring

Covid: All over-50s in Wales to be offered jab by spring

All over-50s and everyone who is at greater risk from Covid will be offered a vaccine by spring, under the Welsh Government’s new plan.

Everyone over 70, all care home residents and staff and front-line NHS workers will be offered a jab in Wales by mid-February.

Ministers hope all eligible adults will be vaccinated by the autumn.

The latest figures show 86,000 doses had been administered by 22:00 GMT on Sunday.

It follows criticism of the speed of the vaccine rollout in Wales.

The Welsh Government said 2.5 million people could be offered Covid vaccines by September.

Similar timescales have been set out by the UK government.

Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething said: “Delivering this vaccination programme to the people in Wales is a huge task but an enormous amount of work is going on to make it a success.

“We are making good progress with thousands more people being vaccinated every day.”

The plan sets out a series of “milestones” for the vaccine rollout in Wales – all depending on the supply of vaccines approved for use.

At a press conference Mr Gething said the government aimed to have about 700,000 people vaccinated by mid-February, covering the top four priority groups.

Those are all care home residents and staff, front-line health and social care staff, everyone over 70 and people who are extremely clinically vulnerable.

By the spring, it would reach everyone else within the phase one priority groups – everyone over 50 and those at greater risk because they have a underlying health condition.

Mr Gething committed to offering vaccination to all Welsh ambulance staff by 18 January, and by the end of the month for all people living and working in care homes.

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