Covid Vaccine Newsletter from Swansea Bay University Health Board

Date: January 7, 2022

Edition number: 32

We now have wide-ranging availability for anyone aged 12+ who needs a 1st, 2nd or booster vaccine, subject to eligibility, including drop-ins and self-bookable slots. Details below in latest news.

8s and those under 18 in an at-risk group need to wait 28 days from the date of the positive test before coming in for vaccination. It’s 12 weeks for those under 18.

Let’s get on with the rest of the updates.

*Vaccine figures can now be found at the end of the newsletter*

With Omicron spreading fast, it’s vital you come forward and take up the offer.

Missed or will miss a vaccine appointment because you’ve tested positive for Covid? There’s no need to cancel or reschedule if you can’t make an appointment we’ve sent you. We have systems in place to make sure slots and vaccines aren’t wasted.

Just use our drop-in or online booking service when you’re ready.

Latest news

How to get your 1st, 2nd or booster dose for ages 12+.

    1st, 2nd or booster DROP IN ages 12+ – Bay Mass Vaccination Centre, near Amazon, SA1 8QB. Drop in anytime between 9am and 9pm, seven days a week. Vaccination subject to eligibility. Pregnant women are welcome and will be fast tracked if they make themselves known to security at the entrance. Go to this page for directions and details of free bus services to the Bay MVC from Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot.

    1st, 2nd or booster BOOK ONLINE ages 12+ – The Princess Royal Theatre, Civic Centre, Port Talbot, SA13 1PJ. NO DROP INS. Vaccination subject to eligibility. Go to this page to book a slot for vaccination at The Princess Royal Theatre.

The form is titled boosters, but you can book whatever dose you need.   BOOSTERS ONLY at community pharmacies for 18+. FILL IN FORM – LINK BELOW. You can choose to have your booster at one of 20 community pharmacies across our area. More community pharmacies are joining the list all the time. This service was previously only open to those on the housebound list who were able to get to a local pharmacy. We’ve now opened it up to everybody eligible for a booster who is 18 or over. Ideal for those who would like to get their booster in a quieter place.  Go to this page to register your interest and select the nearest or most convenient pharmacy for you. We will then contact you with an appointment.

You can also ask these pharmacies to add you to a reserve list, which they hold. A list of the pharmacies taking part is on the form, link above.

    Eligibility and dosing schedules:

2nd doses

If you had your 1st dose a while ago and didn’t get around to having your 2nd, there is no need to restart the course. Come in for your second dose as soon as possible.

12-17 not at risk: At least a 12-week gap between 1st and 2nd.

18+: At least an 8-week gap between 1st and 2nd.

Booster: There must be a gap of 13 weeks or more between a 2nd or 3rd primary dose and a booster.

 We will continue to schedule people in for appointments as they become eligible and would ask that you try to keep these appointments if possible. But the options set out above are easy and convenient alternatives.

Dedicated drop-in, no-obligation sessions for pregnant women

Dedicated drop-in sessions are now available for pregnant women who are yet to receive their 1st, 2nd or booster Covid vaccines.

Sessions will be held at the Bay Mass Vaccination Centre between 9am and 1pm this Saturday, January 8th, Sunday the 9th and Saturday, January 15th and Sunday the 16th.

Staff will be available to answer any questions and there is no obligation to have the vaccine.

Those attending are asked to bring their All-Wales Maternity Record.

If childcare is an issue, you can bring young children along with you.

We advise you to keep any vaccine appointment you receive in the meantime, if you can.

Pregnant women who catch coronavirus are at more risk of severe illness and hospitalisation.

Vaccines are safe and highly effective at preventing coronavirus in pregnancy and are safe for you and your baby.

Temporary closure of Gorseinon MVC

Canolfan Gorseinon Centre will temporarily close next week. Those with appointments for Gorseinon will be contacted and redirected to the Bay MVC or community pharmacies.

The closure will allow us to put extra staff out into the community to increase the rate at which we’re boosting the housebound.

Margam MVC has now closed

Our MVC at The Orangery, Margam Park, has now closed as the building has been returned to Neath Port Talbot Council.

Our operation has relocated just a few miles away to The Princess Royal Theatre in Port Talbot.

We’d like to give huge thanks to the council for letting us use the beautiful Orangery for a year, and for the use of the theatre.

Latest Covid vaccination figures

Please note: Figures correct as of 12.45pm on Friday, January 7th. These figures are for the Swansea Bay University Health Board area, not the whole of Wales.

1st dose: 300,402

2nd dose: 276,345

3rd dose (for the immunosuppressed): 6,576

Booster dose: 193,020 (70% of the population has been boosted.)

Running total (1, 2, 3 and booster doses): 776,343

That’s all for this week. Many thanks for reading.