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Covid-19 Vaccine

 


Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit the Public Health Wales website for further information on the Covid-19 Vaccination and a full list of frequently asked questions. 


 


Wednesday 22nd September 2021

If you have recently received your letter inviting you to attend for your Covid-19 booster vaccination, the letter will have informed you that you may be offered a flu vaccine at the same time. This is incorrect. Please DO NOT cancel your flu vaccination appointment with your GP practice.

Please do not worry if you have not yet been contacted by your GP practice regarding your flu vaccine, or not yet received your invite for your Covid-19 booster. All eligible patients will be contacted in time.

 


Tuesday 14th September 2021

Following today’s announcement and recommendations from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations regarding a booster vaccination for all those currently in priority groups one through to nine as set out by the JCVI, we would like to assure our residents that we will be contacting all those eligible for vaccination to offer an appointment once they become eligible. We ask that you do not contact us to request an appointment, but we do ask that you ensure your details held with your GP Practice are up-to-date. We will aim to notify all individuals at least one week prior to their appointment and letters will be sent to your registered home address held with your GP. 

 

For further information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/jcvi-issues-updated-advice-on-covid-19-booster-vaccination

 


Monday 6th September 2021

Following Friday’s announcement and recommendations from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations regarding the vaccination of children aged 12 to 15 who have certain underlying health conditions, we would like to assure our residents that we will be contacting those who meet the outlined criteria and are therefore eligible for vaccination to offer an appointment over the next few weeks. We ask that you do not contact us to request an appointment, but we do ask that you ensure you or your child’s details held with your GP Practice are up-to-date. We will aim to notify all individuals at least one week prior to their appointment and letters will be sent to your registered home address held with your GP. 

For further information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/jcvi-statement-september-2021-covid-19-vaccination-of-children-aged-12-to-15-years/jcvi-statement-on-covid-19-vaccination-of-children-aged-12-to-15-years-3-september-2021
 


Thursday 2nd September 2021

Following yesterday’s announcement and recommendations from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations, we will be administering a third primary dose of the COVID-19 vaccination for some individuals who are immunosuppressed, due to underlying health conditions or medical treatment.

We would like to assure our residents that we will be working with our medical teams in Primary and Secondary Care to ensure we identify those eligible for a third primary dose, and offer them an appointment over the next few weeks. We ask that if you feel you meet the criteria for a third primary dose as outlined by the JCVI, that you contact our vaccination team on 0300 303 1373 as soon as possible. Our team will be on hand to take all relevant details and then link with your clinician to confirm your position.

For further information on the announcement and the set criteria, please visit the Government's website.
 


Tuesday 24th August 2021

AstraZeneca vaccine walk-in clinic for second doses only for anyone who received their first dose on or before 6th July 2021:

Tuesday 31st August 2021 Time: 9am - 4pm

Blaenau Gwent General Offices Steel Works Rd, Ebbw Vale NP23 6AA

Newport Leisure Centre 1 Kingsway Centre, Newport NP20 1UH

 


Monday 9th August 2021

Walk-In Clinics

Details of all our upcoming vaccination clinics are below. 

Pfizer vaccine walk-in clinics for first doses only for anyone aged 18 years and over:

Friday 13th August Time: 2pm-8pm

Abertillery Learning Community, Secondary Phase Campus Alma Street, Abertillery NP13 1YL

 

AstraZeneca vaccine walk-in clinics for second doses only:

(you must have an 8 week interval between your first and second dose of vaccine)

Saturday 14th August Time: 10am-4pm

Cwmbran Stadium Henllys Way, Cwmbran NP44 3YS

Newbridge Leisure Centre Bridge St, Newbridge, Newport NP11 5FE

Sunday 22nd August Time: 10am – 4pm

Blaenau Gwent General Offices Steel Works Rd, Ebbw Vale NP23 6AA

Newport Leisure Centre 1 Kingsway Centre, Newport NP20 1UH

 

Walk-in Week - These vaccine walk-in clinics are for Pfizer first doses for anyone aged 18 years

& over and second doses for anyone who received their first dose on or before 21st June
 

Monday 16th August Time: 8.40am - 4pm

Cwmbran Stadium Henllys Way, Cwmbran NP44 3YS

Monday 16th August Time: 10am - 3pm (Wallich Bus Tour)

Nant Celyn School, 22 Henllys Way, Cwmbran NP44 7DJ

Tuesday 17th August Time: 8.40am - 4pm

Cwmbran Stadium Henllys Way, Cwmbran NP44 3YS

Newbridge Leisure Centre Bridge St, Newbridge, Newport NP11 5FE

Wednesday 18th August Time: 8.40am - 4pm

Cwmbran Stadium Henllys Way, Cwmbran NP44 3YS

Newbridge Leisure Centre Bridge St, Newbridge, Newport NP11 5FE

Thursday 19th August Time: 8.40am - 4pm

Newbridge Leisure Centre Bridge St, Newbridge, Newport NP11 5FE

Newport Leisure Centre 1 Kingsway Centre, Newport NP20 1UH

Friday 20th August Time: 8.40am - 4pm

Newport Leisure Centre 1 Kingsway Centre, Newport NP20 1UH

Saturday 21st August Time: 8.40am - 4pm

Newport Leisure Centre 1 Kingsway Centre, Newport NP20 1UH

Blaenau Gwent General Offices Steel Works Rd, Ebbw Vale NP23 6AA

Monday 23rd August Time: 10am - 3pm

Bargoed Library Car Park, Hanbury Road, Bargoed, CF81 8QR

 


Wednesday 4th August 2021

Following today’s announcement and recommendations from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations regarding the vaccination of all those aged 16 and 17 years old, we would like to assure our residents that we will be contacting all those eligible for vaccination to offer an appointment over the next few weeks. We ask that you do not contact us to request an appointment, but we do ask that you ensure your details held with your GP Practice are up-to-date. We will aim to notify all individuals at least one week prior to their appointment and letters will be sent to your registered home address held with your GP. 

For further information, please visit: Written Statement: COVID-19 Vaccination – JCVI announcement on vaccinating Children & Young People (4 August 2021) | GOV.WALES

 


Wednesday 4th August 2021

Details of our next Pfizer vaccine walk-in vaccination sessions are below: 

Ringland Community Hub

East Hub, 282 Ringland Circle, Ringland, NP19 9PS

Friday 6th August 2021 Time: 9am - 5pm 

This Pfizer vaccine walk-in clinic is for first doses only for anyone aged 18 years and over

Cwmbran Stadium 

Henllys Way, Cwmbran NP44 3YS 

Saturday 7th August 2021 Time: 10am - 3pm 

This Pfizer vaccine walk-in clinic is for first doses for anyone aged 18 years & over and second doses for anyone who received their first dose of Pfizer on or before June 12th

Blaenau Gwent General Offices 

Steel Works Rd, Ebbw Vale NP23 6AA 

Saturday 7th August 2021 Time: 10am - 3pm 

This Pfizer vaccine walk-in clinic is for first doses for anyone aged 18 years & over and second doses for anyone who received their first dose of Pfizer on or before June 12th

Newbridge Leisure Centre 

Bridge St, Newbridge, Newport NP11 5FE 

Saturday 7th August 2021 Time: 10am - 3pm 

This Pfizer vaccine walk-in clinic is for first doses for anyone aged 18 years & over and second doses for anyone who received their first dose of Pfizer on or before June 12th

 


Friday 30th July 2021

All adults who have been fully-vaccinated will no longer have to self-isolate if they are identified as close contacts of someone with coronavirus from 7 August, the First Minister confirmed today.

The changes to the NHS Wales Test Trace Protect (TTP) service for fully-vaccinated adults will come into effect from 7 August – the same day as Wales is expected to move to alert level zero, if the public health situation allows.

Children and young people under 18 will also be exempt from the need to self-isolate if they are also identified as close contacts of a positive case.

But everyone who tests positive for coronavirus or has symptoms must continue to isolate for 10 days, whether they have been vaccinated or not.

The TTP service will use the Welsh Immunisation Service to identify adults who are fully-vaccinated and who will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are identified as close contacts.

From 7 August, instead of instructing fully-vaccinated adults to isolate, contact tracers and advisers will provide them with advice and guidance about how to protect themselves and stay safe.

The TTP service will provide a “warn and inform” service for all fully-vaccinated adults and under-18s, who are identified as close contacts.

Some extra safeguards will be put in place for those working with vulnerable people, particularly health and social care staff, including a risk assessment for staff working in health and care and daily lateral flow tests. Members of the public will be strongly advised not to visit hospitals and care homes for 10 days.

Everyone identified as a contact of a positive case will continue to be advised to have a PCR test on day two and day eight, whether they are fully vaccinated or not.

The changes will help ease the pressure on vital services caused by the recent rapid rise in Covid cases, driven by the delta variant over the last two months.

Cases have risen by 800% since the end of May, when they were at very low levels. Over the last week case rates have started to fall in all parts of Wales.

Almost 80% of adults in Wales have been fully vaccinated – the best rates in the UK and some of the best in the world.

 


Friday 23rd July 2021

Following the JCVI announcement earlier this week, those within twelve weeks of turning 18 years old are now eligible to be offered the COVID-19 vaccine.

Please be aware that we will be running dedicated vaccination clinics for this age group between 9th – 11th August, details of your appointment will be sent to your registered address and should be received by the end of next week. If you are unable to make your allocated appointment we will facilitate an alternative offer. Getting the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and loved ones from COVID-19.

For further information, please visit: JCVI issues advice on COVID-19 vaccination of children and young people - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 


Tuesday 20th July 2021

Following the recent announcement and recommendations from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations regarding the approval of the COVID-19 vaccination of those aged between 12 and 17 years, who are at higher risk from COVID-19 and all those within twelve weeks of turning 18 years old will now be eligible to receive the vaccine.

We would like to assure our residents that we will be contacting all those that meet the updated criteria to offer an appointment over the next few weeks. We ask that you do not contact us to request an appointment, but we do ask that yours or your child’s details held with your GP Practice are up-to-date. We will aim to notify all individuals at least one week prior to their appointment and letters will be sent to your registered home address held with your GP. 

For further information, please visit: JCVI issues advice on COVID-19 vaccination of children and young people - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 


Thursday 1st July 2021

Following yesterday’s announcement from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations regarding the next phase of the Mass Vaccination Programme, we would like to reassure our residents that all those that meet the criteria for the booster vaccination will be offered an appointment within the appropriate timeframes. From the beginning of the programme, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and our General Practitioner partners have followed the guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations vaccinating our residents in priority group order ensuring those at higher risk are protected first. We will continue to follow this strategy to ensure our residents are offered protection as quickly and as safely as possible.

We ask that you do not contact us to request an appointment for your booster. You will be contacted in line with the recommended interval.

If you still haven’t received your first dose of vaccine or if you received your first dose before 30th April and haven’t yet received an invite for your second vaccination, please contact our booking centre on 0300 303 1373 to arrange your appointment.

For further information please visit: https://gov.wales/written-statement-covid-19-vaccination-jcvi-announcement-phase-3?utm_source=rss-announcements&utm_medium=rss-feed&utm_campaign=announcements-Written+Statement%3A+COVID-19+Vaccination+%E2%80%93+JCVI+announcement+on+Phase+3

 


Friday 28th May 2021

We are extremely proud to announce that we have now hit the milestone of administering 600,000 vaccinations (combination of first and second doses)!

We are so proud of our vaccination teams at our GP Practices, Mobile Teams and Mass Vaccination Centres, as well as those working behind the scenes, who are all working extremely hard to administer vaccines as safely and as quickly as possible across our Health Board area.

We would like to thank the public for their continued patience, understanding and continued support as we work through our priority lists for first and second doses.

Please note, due to the Bank Holiday our next Vaccination Newsletter will be published on Tuesday.
 


Please be aware that our vaccination team are sending text messages to those residents who have previously declined or missed their vaccine appointment. This text is not a scam and is a genuine text from the Health Board.

As part of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board’s mission to leave nobody behind with their COVID-19 vaccination we are working back through our list of residents who have previously declined or missed their vaccine appointment. We have sent a link out to our residents patient portal via text message which will enable those who are yet to be vaccinated to request one of call handlers to contact you and arrange a vaccination appointment at one of our Mass Vaccination Centre. Having the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and our community from COVID-19.

 


Tuesday 11th May 2021

Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic, Eton Road - 22nd May 2021

If you are 40 years and older and have not received your COVID-19 vaccine, please come along the drop in clinic on 22nd May. No appointment necessary.

 


Thursday 29th April 2021

Vaccination Booking Centre Opening Times Over the May Bank Holiday Weekend

The vaccination booking centre will be operating a reduced service on Bank Holiday Monday, 3rd May 2021 and will be open from 10:00am – 4:00pm.

 


Thursday 1st April 2021

Vaccination Booking Centre Opening Times Over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend

The vaccination booking centre will be open from 10:00am – 4:00pm Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.
 


Monday 22nd February 2021

No evidence' Covid-19 vaccine will affect fertility, say unions

The Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) have issued a joint statement to confirm there is “no evidence to suggest that Covid-19 vaccines will affect fertility”. 

You can read more about this on the Nursing Times website.


Monday 11th January

Since the launch of the Covid vaccine, the team at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board have been working tirelessly on the biggest vaccination programme we’ve seen in our lifetime. So far across Gwent we have vaccinated over 15,000 people.

To date we have vaccinated all residents from 34 out of 94 care homes for older adults and all care home staff from 63 of the 94 care homes for older adults  across Gwent. We have vaccinated over 3,000 over 80s and over 5,000 frontline staff.

Last week we successfully opened our second vaccination centre at Ty Penallta in Caerphilly borough. This week we have a supply of 9,675 doses of vaccine. We are working on plans to open two additional vaccination centres in Ebbw Vale, which will be open on Thursday and Friday and Abergavenny, which will open over the weekend. This week Ty Penallta will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday. All of our vaccination centres are appointment only and people will be contacted if they are being called for their appointment. We are also working with GP Practices who will be starting to vaccinate over 80s from next week and have already helped us on vaccinating some of our care homes residents.

We will continue to keep you updated, however due to a number of variable factors, such as the number of doses we are allocated plans can change at short notice.

We want to thank you for your continued support and together we will help keep Gwent safe.

From 11th January, Public Health Wales will be publishing daily vaccination figures on their website: Rapid COVID-19 virology - Public - Public Health Wales Health Protection | Tableau Public

For further information and FAQs on the delivery, eligibility and safety of the vaccine, please visit: About the vaccine - Public Health Wales (nhs.wales)


6th January 2021

As a Health Board, our intent is to vaccinate as many eligible people as quickly and as safely as possible. We are following the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) priority groups and have plans in place to vaccinate the top two priority groups in the first instance.

These are:

1. Residents in a Care Home for older adults and their carers

2. Over 80s and frontline Health and Social Care workers

The total number of people within Gwent who fall within the top two priority groups equates to a total of 60,400 people - 30,000 of whom are over 80.

We plan to open a number of mass vaccination centres across Gwent, including in Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly borough, Monmouthshire and Newport, as vaccine supply becomes available. In addition, mobile units will be used to help deliver the vaccine to care homes and via some GP practices across Gwent.

The approval of the AstraZeneca vaccine has now enabled us to start vaccinating residents within care homes.

Over the first three weeks of delivering the roll-out, we have vaccinated more than 6,000 people, using all the supply we received. We have plans in place to deliver to the top two priority groups in line with future supplies, as they become available.

For residents over the age of 80, the majority of residents will receive their invitation for the vaccine via letter, which you should expect to receive over the next few weeks. If appointments are available at short notice people may also be contacted by phone but the main invitation route will be via letter.

Within the next couple of weeks, every household across Gwent will receive a letter from the Health Board and Local Authority with further information about the distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine.

We will continue to keep you updated. However, due to a number of variable factors (such as the number of doses we are allocated), plans can change at short notice.

We want to thank you for your continued support and together we will help keep Gwent safe.

For further information and FAQs, please visit the Public Health Wales website.


7th December 2020

Please find below ‘print friendly’ versions of the following bilingual resources:

 


2nd December 2020

Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment in Wales

Today (02/12/2020) we received the welcome news that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has granted the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine temporary authorisation for use based on evidence of safety and effectiveness. 40 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine have been secured by the UK Government on behalf of the UK. Wales, like the other UK nations will now begin to receive its share and the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board will start deployment, based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

The Health Board have operational plans in place and are ready to begin vaccinations, however they are currently awaiting national guidance on the deployment of the vaccine locally, which will be available in a matter of days.

The vaccine is likely to be in limited supply initially and due to this groups of people have been identified in a priority order to receive the vaccine. This is set by and frequently update by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation. Further information about priority groups can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/priority-groups-for-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-advice-from-the-jcvi-25-september-2020/jcvi-updated-interim-advice-on-priority-groups-for-covid-19-vaccination

The Health Board will now begin inviting people to book an appointment so that they can continue to move swiftly. The initial focus will be care home staff, in line with the current priority group, and they will also invite Health and Social care frontline staff who have previously registered for an appointment.

Full details on the vaccine will be made available at the point of vaccine authorisation. We know how important this is and will share this with people who book an appointment as soon as is possible after it is made available to the Health Board.

To read the full statement from Welsh Government, visit: Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment in Wales- Statement from MS Vaughan Gething - Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (nhs.wales)