Detailed information on the rollout of the vaccine across every part of Wales for the last week has been published and shows the nation is still lagging behind rest of the UK.
As at January 10, Wales had the lowest vaccination rate out of all four nations having vaccinated 2.8% of the population compared to Northern Ireland, which had vaccinated 4.1% of people on the same date
The figures also show that vaccinations are not happening at the same rate around Wales with the rollout happening slowest, relative to population, in Cardiff, Aneurin Bevan and Betsi Cadwaldr.
As at January 10, a total of 88,163 doses of Covid-19 vaccinations had been administered across Wales, according to the latest data from Public Health Wales. Since then more than 24,000 jabs have been administered to take the total to 11,973. However the detailed figures just published from Monday, January 10, provide a comparison of all Welsh health boards.
Nearly all of these were first doses of the vaccine, which is given in two separate jabs. Only 79 people have so far received their second dose, meaning they should now be fully immunised against the virus.
The number of Covid-19 vaccination doses administered by health board/trust of vaccination as at January 10
|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
|Swansea Bay University Health Board||12,364|
|Velindre NHS Trust||1,512|
According to data collated by the UK Government, the number of people who had received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine between December 8 and January 10 was 2,286,572.
The Department of Health and Social Care reports that 2.7% of the Welsh population has now received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. This is lagging behind the other three nations in the UK.
|Total vaccines up to January 10||Percentage of population who’ve received first dose|
Wales has started to close the gap on Scotland where the vaccination rate slowed in the most recent week due to delays in the roll out of the vaccine stock supplied by the UK government.
The UK Government said on Monday that 560,000 vaccines had been delivered to Scotland to date, meaning just under 400,000 vaccines were available but had not yet been used. A similar percentage remains unused in Wales as health officials are trying to use their stocks of the Pfizer vaccine, which is only delivered monthly, at a steady rate.
On Sunday, January 10 the First Minister Mark Drakeford said Wales had received in excess of 250,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and 22,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab.
Mr Drakeford said there would be a further 105,000 doses supplied to Wales in the coming two weeks.
It means Wales has delivered less than a third of the 272,000 coronavirus vaccine doses it has received so far.
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.
The number of jabs given has been ramped up over the past four weeks, with 38,735 people receiving their fist jabs between January 4 and January 10 compared to 14,093 the week before.
In order to hit the February deadline, Wales needs to vaccinate at circa 19,000 doses per day.
In the latest seven-day period, Betsi Cadwaladr health board has increased the number of people who’ve now received vaccinations nearly twofold with 10,399 doses administered.
Even so, the health board area has received 17% of the vaccinations that have been distributed by the Welsh Government despite having 22% of the population of Wales. It has led the Conservative MS for Clwyd West, Darren Millar, to call of the Welsh Government to guarantee each health board across Wales is getting its fair share of Covid-19 vaccines.
Mr Millar said: “The Welsh Government made it clear that health boards would receive their vaccine stock allocations based on the priority group populations in their areas, but these figures suggest that this is not the case.
“North Wales, with one of the highest proportions of over 85-year-olds in Wales, is yet again at the bottom of the league table of vaccine supplies delivered by population.”
Powys, which initially led the way in vaccination rollout, administered just 1,133 doses in the last week.
The rate of vaccination needs to continue to accelerate in the coming weeks if Wales is to meet its three key targets set by Health Minister Vaughan Gething earlier this week.
The three milestones set out in the plan are:
- By mid-February – all care home residents and staff; frontline health and social care staff; everyone over 70 and everyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable will have been offered vaccination. This is 740,350 people.
- By the spring (which is March 20)– vaccination will have been offered to all the other phase one priority groups. This is everyone over 50 and everyone who is at-risk because they have an underlying health condition. This is 924,900 people.
- By the autumn – vaccination will have been offered to all other eligible adults in Wales, in line with any guidance issued by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). This is 1,098,100 people.
Fiona Kinghorn, Cardiff And Vale University Health Board’s executive director of Public Health, said on Wednesday there isn’t currently have “enough supply” of the coronavirus vaccine to meet the mid-February target set by the Welsh Government.
While a Carmarthenshire GP has called the vaccine rollout “shambolic” as doctor’s surgeries across Wales complain about the number of doses of the vaccine they have received.
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.