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Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Posted 15.11.21 in the General

" Vaccination venues

We’d love to offer a COVID-19 Vaccination Centre in every town and village in North Wales in order to reduce the distance people have to travel to receive their booster jab.

However, we are unable to do this for the following reasons:

• Our workforce to administer jabs has reduced by around 50 per cent compared to the initial rollout. This is largely because fewer GP Practices are able to take part due to unprecedented demand facing primary care, and the handling requirements of the Pfizer vaccine

• The requirement from the JCVI to move from the AstraZeneca vaccine to Pfizer and Moderna has increased appointment lengths by 400 per cent to 20+ minutes, due to the need for a 15 observation period after the dose is received

• Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have a short usage window and very specific transportation, storage and preparation requirements, which adds to the complexities of delivering these vaccines across multiple sites

Because we are working with fewer staff, longer appointment times and very specific vaccine handling requirements, it is vital that we use the reduced resources we have effectively, in order to vaccinate those in priority groups as quickly as possible.

We are continuing to work very hard to recruit additional staff as well as using our existing workforce to deliver vaccines as close to people’s homes as we possibly can. We are also currently investigating the use of mobile units, which will enable us to hold pop-up clinics.

We recognise that this is not a perfect situation and we really appreciate people’s patience and understanding.

All of our COVID-19 Vaccination sites are on public transport routes and we are currently exploring how we can improve community transport provision for certain eligible groups.

For up to date public transport timetables please visit the Traveline Cymru website or call their bi-lingual Contact Centre on freephone 0800 464 0000, from 7am – 8pm daily. "

- Ffion Johnstone – West Area Director