More than 100,000 people have received first vaccination dose in Gwent

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More than 100,000 people have been given the first dose of the coronavirus vaccination in one health board region of Wales.

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, which covers Newport, Monmouthshire, Caerphilly, Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent, confirmed it had hit the milestone on Friday.

It is an increase of approximately 25,000 since the health board announced it had vaccinated more than 75,000 people on February 5.

It means that over a sixth of the health board’s population, which stands at just over 594,000, has received a first dose of the vaccine.

On a nationwide level, Wales is still leading the UK for the rolling rate of total Covid-19 vaccinations given per population.

The latest Public Health Wales data published on February 8 shows that 603,976 people have now received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of 10pm on Sunday, up 14,354 on the figure published 24 hours earlier.

Some 2,792 people have now received both of their vaccine jabs.

Last week, the Welsh Government announced that it is on track to vaccinate three quarters of a million people with its roll-out programme by mid-February.

Speaking at the coronavirus briefing on Friday, February 5, education minister Kirsty Williams said Wales is also on track to vaccinate all adults over the age of 50 by mid-May.

“We are vaccinating more people per head of 100,000 than any other part of the UK and that is a tremendous logistical professional and indeed a community response,” she said.

“There are lots of volunteers out there that are assisting our NHS, our primary care practitioners and GP surgeries.”

Aneurin Bevan health board announced last week that it expects everyone over the age of 70 and those who are “clinically extremely vulnerable” (i.e. those in priority group 4 or above) to get the first dose of the vaccine by mid-February.

All health boards are following the advice from the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) when it comes to priority groups and have plans in place to vaccinate these groups in order of priority.

This includes:

  1. Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  2. Those aged 80 years and older plus frontline health and social care workers
  3. Those aged between 75 and 79
  4. Those 70 years of age and over, and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals

The health board now has vaccination centres across Gwent, in Newport, Abergavenny, Ebbw Vale, Ystrad Mynach, Cwmbran and the newest site in Newbridge.

It also confirmed last week that it has finalised plans to roll-out the vaccine to those that are housebound and eligible for the vaccination in line with the JCVI priority groups.

These vaccinations will be administered using teams of district nurses, GPs and mobile units, and patients will be contacted to let them know that the team are coming to give them the vaccine.

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