Coronavirus vaccination programme for the over 80s in Swansea Bay gets underway

The GP coronavirus vaccination programme for those aged over 80 has officially got underway in Swansea.

Killay Medical Centre administered 100 patients with their first first dose of the vaccine on Saturday, January 9.

There are around 1,800 patients aged over 80 on the surgery’s list alone, and across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, while the total number of people aged 80-plus is approximately 24,000.

Among the first to get it was 82-year-old Marcia Sturk.

She said: “I was happy to get my vaccination, not just to protect myself but to protect others too.”

Dr Chris Johns, of Killay Medical Centre, Swansea, with patient Marcia Sturk and nurse Heather Featon
(Image: Swansea Bay University Health Board)

All 49 GP practices in Swansea Bay have signed up to deliver the first Covid-19 vaccination to the patients in this age group.

The plan is to get around them all with a first dose of the vaccine in the next few weeks.

The surgeries will be contacting patients directly, by telephone or letter, to arrange an appointment, so you are asked not to ring them yourselves.

The vaccination is free and you will never be asked for any bank or financial details.

Swansea’s current coronavirus infection rate, based on a seven day period up to January 4, is 399.2 cases per 100,000 people.

Killay Medical Centre’s Dr Chris Johns said he was delighted to begin the vaccination process.

Dr Chris Johns, at the start of a busy day at the first over-80s Covid-19 vaccination clinic at Killay Medical Centre
(Image: Swansea Bay University Health Board)

He said yesterday: “We are very pleased to be involved and begin these vaccinations. It feels like it’s been a long time coming, but we’ve started at last.

“We will be vaccinating 100 people today and as well as holding special clinics in the surgery we are also looking at using some community venues as well to help us get around everyone.

“I also want to remind patients that even when they get their vaccination, it’s important to keep on taking social distancing precautions.”

Appointments have started going out from GP practices across Swansea Bay, and from next week many more surgeries will begin vaccinating.

Vaccinations are also well underway in care homes in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot.

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There are nine priority groups for the vaccine, and Swansea Bay University Health Board says it hopes to have covered the following first four groups by the middle of February.

These are residents in a care home for older adults and their carers, all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers, all those 75 years of age and over, and all those 70 years of age and over, and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals.

You will receive an invitation directly when your turn comes.

Vaccinations will be delivered at a variety of venues, including at hospitals, GP surgeries, community buildings, in your home (if you are housebound) or at a mass vaccination centres which are soon to be open.

You will get full details of your appointment when you are contacted.

WalesOnline – Swansea