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Vaccination Update

From Gill Harris – Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery

This week we bid farewell to the last of our much-valued colleagues from the military, who have supported us since before Christmas.

We owe them and all of our wonderful staff, volunteers and partners a huge debt of gratitude for helping us deliver such a successful vaccination programme to date.

We still have the staff in place and vaccines available for people who haven’t had their first, second, third or booster doses. Those eligible can attend one of our drop-in clinics across North Walesbook an appointment online for some clinics, or call 03000 840004. You will experience minimal queuing, so could be vaccinated in as little as five minutes.

If you have any concerns or questions about the vaccine, please come and talk to us, so we can help you make an informed decision about whether to go ahead.

Vaccinating 5 to 11 year olds in clinical risk groups or who are a household contact of someone who is immunosuppressed

We are continuing to vaccinate 5 to 11 year olds with certain underlying health conditions and those who are a household contact of someone who is immunosuppressed.

We’re encouraging the parents of these children to read the information leaflets produced by Public Health Wales, in order to make an informed decision about the benefits of vaccination for their child. This information can be found on the Public Health Wales website.

Parents of children with underlying health conditions are being contacted by telephone to arrange an appointment. There is no need for them to contact the Health Board. Where possible, these appointments are being arranged in a familiar setting, such as a children’s outpatient department in one of our hospitals.

If anyone thinks their child is in a clinical risk group and has not been contacted they can leave their details with our Contact Centre on 03000 840004 for that eligibility to be checked.

Children aged 5 to 11 living with an immunosuppressed person for the majority of the week, i.e. 4 days in 7 or more, are also eligible for vaccination. Their parents or guardians are invited to complete our online form. We will validate these details and be in touch to arrange an appointment as soon as possible.

Boosters for 16 and 17 year olds

All children and young people aged 16 to 17 years old are now being offered booster doses of the vaccine following a recommendation from the JCVI.

The booster dose should be offered no sooner than three months after completion of their primary course.

Booster doses can be delivered at one of our drop-in clinics across North Wales or you can also book an appointment online for some clinics or call 03000 840004.

Second doses for 12 to 15 year olds

Those aged 12 to 15 are eligible for a second dose, three months after their first. They do not need to wait for an appointment invitation and can attend one of our drop-in clinics across North Wales, book an appointment online for some clinics, or call 03000 840004.