Welsh Government Steps Up COVID-19 Booster Vaccination Plan

Pavankumar Kamat

October 13, 2021

The Welsh Government has updated its COVID-19 vaccination strategy, enabling the majority of eligible individuals to receive their booster vaccination by 31 December 2021.

Severely immunosuppressed individuals will be offered a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine on priority to provide enhanced protection. Additionally, all individuals aged 12-15 years will be offered one dose of the vaccine, while care home residents and health and care staff will be offered a booster jab, starting 1 November 2021.

All of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation's 1-9 priority groups will receive invitations for a booster jab if they have had their second dose at least six months before. Invitations for the booster jab will be sent through health boards.

Health Minister Eluned Morgan said: "This winter will be incredibly difficult for our health service so it is vitally important for people to take up the offer of their COVID-19 and Flu vaccine if eligible to protect themselves and the NHS."

Morgan added that 85% of Welsh residents aged 16 years and above have been fully vaccinated and there were no supply constraints for any of the COVID-19 vaccines. She urges 12-15-year-olds to talk to their family or a trusted adult regarding vaccination.

As most of the younger adults received their second dose in late summer or early autumn, they still remain adequately protected. Thus, they will be considered for booster vaccination only at a later date when more information becomes available.

This article originally appeared on Univadis, part of the Medscape Professional Network.

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