The latest detailed update on the vaccine rollout in Wales as the number of second jabs surges

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Nearly one in four of the adult population (people aged 16+) of Wales has now had their first vaccine against coronavirus as the number of second doses administered ramps up.

Over the past three weeks, the number of daily Covid-19 vaccines administered plummeted by 40% but this has picked up again as the Welsh Government presses ahead with ambitious plans for rolling out second jabs.

As expected, the vaccination rollout in Wales slowed sharply as a result of a planned UK-wide drop in the number of coronavirus vaccinations produced but this is now set to be reversed.

It is anticipated that Wales will speed up the vaccine rollout with 30,000 doses per day from next week thanks to an increase in supplies.

On Thursday, Public Health Wales published the latest weekly data on the rollout of the vaccine across every part of the country for the week up to February 28.

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As of February 28, Wales had administered 1,032,133 doses in total, up from 908,339 the previous week. Of these, 928,213 were first doses of the vaccine, which is given in two separate jabs. In all, 103,920 people had received their second dose, meaning they should now be fully immunised against the virus.

Since February 28, a further 43,201 jabs (first dose) have been administered to take the total to 951,540 or 30.2% of the Welsh population, as of March 3. In that period, there has been a jump in second doses with 139,445 adults in Wales (4.4%) now fully vaccinated

The detailed figures just published up to February 28 provide a comparison of all Welsh health boards.

Betsi Cadwaladr health board area leads the way in absolute numbers of vaccinations administered having given out nearly a quarter of a million jabs in the 12 weeks since the rollout began.

Powys remains the area with the highest rate of vaccinations, as it has done since the start of the roll out, having vaccinated 42% of its entire population.

Cardiff and Vale is lagging behind, having administered 29% of its total population up to February 28, although the two health board areas do have different population profiles.

The number of Covid-19 vaccination doses administered by health board/trust of vaccination up to February 28

Health Board Total doses Percentage of population who’ve been vaccinated
Aneurin Bevan University 199,025 33%
Betsi Cadwaladr University 240,487 34%
Cardiff and Vale University 145,127 29%
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University 136,902 31%
Hywel Dda University 126,562 33%
Powys Teaching 56,236 42%
Swansea Bay University 119,800 31%
Public Health Wales 136 N/A
Velindre NHS Trust 7,702 N/A
Unknown 156 N/A
Wales Total 1,032,133

A breakdown of who has been vaccinated up to March 3, by priority group, shows the higher priority groups are above 90% completion in terms of getting their first jabs.

Mark Drakeford, the First Minister for Wales, told a Welsh Affairs Committee on Thursday how the Welsh Government permitted health boards to start calling forward the next priority groups in the vaccination rollout when 50% of the group before had received their jabs.

“It’s simply to make sure we never have vaccines going to waste,” he said.

“Because as a category begins to be vaccinated, if you get down to a relatively small number of people still waiting then you don’t have a pool of people who you can call in at short notice to make sure every drop of vaccine gets used.”

That’s why some people in a lower-risk category are being called up before others in a higher-risk one.

Received first dose Group size First dose uptake (%)
80 years + 165,883 176,507 94.0%
Aged 75-79 125,950 133,545 94.3%
Aged 70-74 171,999 183,758 93.6%
Aged 65-69 149,008 180,281 82.7%
Aged 60-64 64,779 205,222 31.6%
Aged 55-59 53,281 232,858 22.9%
Aged 50-54 45,897 227,334 20.2%
Care home residents 14,570 15,376 94.8%
Care home workers 33,310 39,605 84.1%
Health care workers 128,087 147,281 87.0%
Clinically extremely vulnerable 70,485 81,091 86.9%
Clinical risk groups 56,624 278,061 20.4%

While the vaccination rollout in Wales slowed, Wales fell behind in terms of the daily total Covid-19 vaccines administered per 100 people having previously led all four home nations.

Thanks in part to a renewed focus on second doses, the rolling average has once again picked up and Wales is leading the way once more.

In the past three weeks, there has been a massive jump in the number of second doses given out in Wales.

So far this week, Wales has administered 35,626 second doses and is leading the home nations in terms of jabs administered per 100,000 population.

On Wednesday alone, some 14,664 second doses were administered which is nearly double that administered on Monday.



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