COVID-19 vaccination has now reached a new milestone, with 12,000 vaccinations delivered through our programme in the county.
Newtown Mass Vaccination Centre moves to new home
Our Mass Vaccination Centre in Powys has opened in its new location at the Maldwyn Leisure Centre in Newtown. Working from the leisure centre will enable even more people to be vaccinated. Powys Teaching Health Board is grateful for the support given by Freedom Leisure in helping get everything ready for Wednesday’s opening.
The facility opened at 8am on Wednesday 20 January, and was able to vaccinate more than 500 people on its first day and more than 2,000 people by the weekend.
Hefina Anwyl from Staylittle was one of the hundreds of people over the age of 80 vaccinated received their first jab. she said “there wasn’t a thing to it, didn’t feel a thing! It was well organised, staff were very friendly, just a shame we can’t have a cup of tea too!”
Dawn Robinson is a care worker and was also vaccinated on the opening day. She said, “the arrival was well organised and went very smooth. I have been reading a lot about vaccines and couldn’t help feel a little apprehensive, but the jab went absolutely fine, there was nothing to worry about.”
Our mass vaccination centres are located in Bronllys, Builth Wells and Newtown. You can find out more about our mass vaccination centre model on our website.
Invitations to people aged 75 and 79 are under way
Our article in last week’s newsletter explained the challenge of deploying the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in a rural county, and why our three mass vaccination centres are a core part of our programme.
This meant that our first wave of invitations – to people aged 80 and over – was to our mass vaccination centres. In the previous article you can find out how to request an alternative appointment or someone aged 80 and over if a mass vaccination centre is not the right option for them.
With GP practice clinics opening from next week, invitation to people aged 75 to 79 are now also well under way.
Each GP practice will have their own arrangements in place for inviting people for vaccination. They will also each have local arrangements for providing the vaccine. All GP practices are working hard to provide COVID-19 vaccination with the minimum disruption to their other services.
If you are aged 75-79 please do check on your GP practice website for details of their COVID-19 vaccination programme – and please wait for your invitation to book.