Nearly 50,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccinations have been administered across Wales, according to the latest data from Public Health Wales.
The data, for the week up to January 3, shows that a total of 49,428 doses of the coronavirus vaccine had been given to people.
Nearly all of these were first doses of the vaccine, which is given in two separate jabs. Only 25 people have so far received their second dose, meaning they should now be fully immunised against the virus.
It’s important to note that the data is incomplete and the number of people actually vaccinated will be higher, PHW has said.
The figures are representative of a “weekly snapshot in activity recorded electronically”. Data entry for vaccinations already given will continue to be added in future weekly updates.
Aneurin Bevan and Swansea Bay University health boards are leading the way, accounting for nearly a third of all vaccinations given to date.
The number of Covid-19 vaccination doses administered by health board/trust of vaccination
Vaccinating Local Health Board/Trust Total doses
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board
Hywel Dda University Health Board
Powys Teaching Health Board
4,848 Swansea Bay University Health Board 7,906 Velindre NHS Trust 1,378 Wales Total 49,428
The UK was the first country in the world to authorise the use of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNtech and vaccinations started in earnest on December 8.
For the week ending December 13, Wales had given 8,143 doses of the vaccine. By December 27, this number had reached 35,335.
The latest figures show that in the seven days between December 27 to January 3, just 14,093 jabs were administered in Wales, significantly less than the week before.
Margaret Stevens, 92, from Llanelli was one of the first patients in the community to receive her vaccine from Hywel Dda
(Image: Hywel Dda health board)
The rate of vaccination is expected to accelerate dramatically in the coming weeks following the announcement that the Covid-19 vaccine from Oxford University and AstraZeneca is now approved for use in the UK.
Hywel Dda gave the first jabs using the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccinations on Wednesday. GP practices started rolling out the vaccine to people aged 80 years and over.
Margaret Stevens, aged 92, from Llanelli was one of the first patients in the community to receive her vaccine as well as Bury Port resident Mr Clifford Jones, aged 85.
More surgeries across the three counties are getting prepared to vaccinate patients, who are 80 and over, in the coming days and weeks.
Bury Port resident Mr Clifford Jones, aged 85, got his jab on Wednesday too
(Image: Hywel Dda health board)
Senior responsible officer for Wales’ Covid-19 vaccine programme Dr Gillian Richardson said: “Just four weeks since the first Covid-19 vaccine was approved for use in the UK and almost 50,000 people have received a vaccine.
“This is the first mass vaccination programme of its kind in Wales and the efforts by NHS Wales and Public Health Wales have been exceptional. The number of doses unable to be used have been incredibly low – at around 1% – and significantly below anticipated levels, thanks to the robust appointment planning and reserve lists.
“The recent approval of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine is a real game-changer and will help us speed up our vaccination programme considerably. Over the next three weeks, we will receive a further 105,000 doses of the two vaccines to help protect people who are most at-risk.”
At the start of the week health minister, Vaughan Gething, said 22,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine had already been delivered to Wales.
However, when asked for a definitive timetable for the delivery of vaccines, Mr Gething would not be drawn. Mr Gething said he understood why there’s pressure “to have numbers,” but added that the Welsh Government is currently building up “an entirely new process” and has only had “three and a bit weeks” to work through it so far.
He reiterated that the Government is working to deliver the vaccine at the maximum pace possible, and that milestones would be publicised.
“When we’re getting toward completing care home delivery, we’ll confirm when that is,” he said, adding that it would be more harmful to give an artificial figure “out of the air”.
The UK Government has procured vaccines on behalf of all parts of the country and is working with the devolved administrations to ensure it is deployed fairly all across the UK. It has said it will prioritise groups who are at greatest risk, informed by advice from the Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations.
From Monday, information about the number of people vaccinated will be updated daily on Public Health Wales’ dashboard.