Covid-19 vaccination in North Wales

Guest article by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is launching mobile vaccination clinics across Flintshire and Wrexham.

The mobile clinic will be open for drop-ins with no appointment needed, and over the next two weeks it will be visiting the following locations in Flintshire and Wrexham, which host a number of large employers:

  • Charmley’s Lane Car Park, Shotton – Saturday 17th July, 9:30am-4pm.
  • Mold Business Park – Tuesday 20th July, 12noon-5pm.
  • Deeside Industrial Estate – Friday 23rd July, 1pm-6pm.
  • Wrexham Industrial Estate – Saturday 24th July, 10am-4pm.

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An “ask the vaccinators” Q&A session will also be held at Caia Park Partnership, Prince Charles Road, Wrexham, LL13 8YB, on Friday 16th July, 10am-2pm for those who have concerns or questions about the vaccines.

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Both vaccines will be offered at the mobile clinics, and Pfizer will be available for those aged 18-39 at the Q&A session, for those who decide they wish to have it.

The clinics are open for anyone who has not had their first vaccine, or their second, whilst stocks last. The Health Board is especially urging those aged 30-39 to drop-in and get protected from COVID-19.

6,000 more people

In North Wales only 70% of 30-39-year-olds have had their first vaccine dose, and the Health Board’s minimum target for each age group is 75%.

Therefore 6,000 more people in this age group need to come forward for their vaccination to help achieve a level of community protection to help return to normal life.

Tom Halpin, Covid-19 Vaccination Project Lead for East, said: “We are delighted to be bringing vaccinations to these areas where people may not have had the chance to visit our vaccination centres.

“We’re asking anyone in these areas who have not had their first dose, or second, to please drop-in for their jab.

“We will also be more than happy to speak with anyone who may have concerns or questions about the vaccines – we can discuss any worries with no pressure on having the vaccination that day.

“We would also like to urge employers across these industrial estates to please let their staff come to the mobile clinic for their vaccinations in order to help protect all their staff, colleagues and the wider community.”

Vaccination is the only way

Councillor Hugh Jones, Wrexham Council’s Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, says: “By getting vaccinated, you’re not only helping to protect yourself and others – you’re helping Wales and the rest of the UK move to a situation where fewer people become seriously ill and we can learn to live with the virus.

“So even if you feel invincible, you should still get vaccinated as soon as possible. If we want to return to a more normal life, vaccination is the only way we can do it.”

All residents of North Wales aged 18+ can also book online for the vaccination centres (new slots are being added regularly), or call the COVID-19 Vaccination Contact Centre on 03000 840004 to book an appointment.

Alternatively, walk-ins are accepted at Deeside MVC and Catrin Finch in Wrexham, Tuesday-Sunday in July, whilst vaccine stock lasts (except for Tuesday, July 20th at Deeside).

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