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Maesteg Sports Centre to deliver Covid19 vaccination programme from 1st March

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has announced that Maesteg Sports Centre will be starting vaccination from 1 March.

The next phase will see the health board aiming to offer a first dose vaccine to approximately 120,000 people who are in groups five to nine by the end of April. Running simultaneously to this, the health board’s vaccination teams and primary care colleagues will be giving second doses to residents and staff in older adult care homes, frontline health and social care workers, all of the over 70s and clinically extremely vulnerable patients.

GPs will be contacting group five i.e. all those who are 65 and over to offer them a vaccine appointment at their local surgery. Once group five is finished, GPs and Cwm Taf Morgannwg will move straight on to group six, and do the same for them. Group six is defined as ‘all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk’. Once groups five and six are complete, GPs will move onto offering second dose appointments for the over 75s and their clinically extremely vulnerable patients. Cwm Taf Morgannwg’s mobile vaccination teams are already back out revisiting care homes for older adults and offering residents and staff their second doses.

The health board’s four existing community vaccination centres are temporarily closed. This was planned, as during this period work will begin on opening three additional community vaccination centres (CVCs) taking the total across the Cwm Taf Morgannwg region to seven.

It has always been the health board’s intention to bring the vaccine closer to people’s homes, with the seven CVCs part of the plan. The Maesteg vaccination centre will open from March 1 and they will begin by administering the second dose to frontline social care workers and the 70 to 74 year olds who all went to a CVC for their first dose. When those groups have been completed, the CVCs will then begin to vaccinate groups seven, eight and nine which is all those aged 50 and over.

Huw Irranca-Davies MS said “I am really pleased that Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board will be bringing vaccinations close to home in Maesteg from 1 March. This vital service will help vaccinate many local people and help us ensure we can slowly come out of lockdown safely with more people protected from the serious COVID19 illness.”

There is dedicated helpline and email have been set up to assist people with any enquiries. These can be accessed by calling 01685 726464 between 10am-4.30pm Monday to Friday, or emailing CTM.VaccinationEnquiries@wales.nhs.uk Please be patient – your surgery will be in touch with you when it is your turn. Do not contact your GP practice to ask when you will have your vaccine – as patients in priority groups become eligible, they will be notified of their appointment by their surgery in the normal way they are contacted, i.e. telephone call, letter or text message.

And always remember vaccinations are free – the NHS will never ask you to pay.