Covid -19 Vaccine

 

Covid Booster

The GP surgeries are not doing the booster jabs. They are being done at the mass vaccination centres (MVC). The health board are contacting eligible patients. More information and contact details can be found in the below link;

https://sbuhb.nhs.wales/go/booster-programme/

If you are eligible you must wait to be invited by the health board.

Please direct any queries to sbu.covidbookingteam@wales.nhs.uk or call 01792 530606 (10am-3pm Monday-Saturday). 

Vaccination and travel

  • Vaccination certificates for international travel are now available in Wales for those who have had two doses of the vaccine by calling 0300 303 5667. (Open seven days, between 9am and 5pm.)

  • DO NOT contact your GP or the health board for a certificate.

  • Essential travel and urgent requests only.

  • Check the requirements of the country you plan to visit.

If a negative Covid test is required prior to travel, this must NOT be an NHS test. Instead you must book and pay for a test from a private provider. Go to this GOV.UK webpage for a list of providers:

 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/.../covi.../preview

Go to the Welsh Government website for detailed advice on vaccination certificates: https://gov.wales/written-statement-vaccination...

Updated Oxford-AstraZeneca guidance

Friday (May 7th) the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommended that those under 40 (with no clinical risk factors) should be offered an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine where one is available and it doesn’t delay vaccination.

This precautionary measure updates previous advice that those under 30 should be offered an alternative. It’s been changed because the risk of younger people becoming seriously ill with Covid is decreasing as infection rates fall and due to the good supply of alternative vaccines.

 

As a result, this health board is now offering those under 40 the Pfizer vaccine.

 

If you are over 40, it is likely that you will be offered the Oxford-Astra Zeneca vaccine. This is because we have to manage our supplies carefully so we can’t offer a choice of vaccine.  

 

Blood clots and unusual bleeding following the first dose of the Oxford-AZ vaccine remain extremely rare (around four cases for every one million doses given) although seen slightly more often in young people and occurring between four days and four weeks after vaccination.

 

Everybody who has already had a first dose of the Oxford-AZ vaccine should be reassured that they should receive a second dose of the same brand, irrespective of age, in line with JVCI advice. Medical exemptions may apply to a very small minority.

 

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