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Conservatives criticise pause to Wales’ booster vaccine campaign over Christmas and Boxing Day

24 Dec 2021 2 minutes Read
Vaccine

The Conservatives have criticised plans to pause Wales’ Covid booster campaign on Christmas and Boxing Day.

The Welsh Government have said that booster jabs and vaccinations will not be available over the weekend but would resume on Monday, 27 December.

The UK Government has said that boosters will be available over both days in England.

Welsh Conservative Shadow Health Minister, Russell George MS, said the move in Wales “doesn’t make sense” and would be met with “much bemusement by families and businesses across Wales”.

“Our NHS staff and volunteers have gone above and beyond during the vaccine rollout campaign, and I know of many who have volunteered over the festive period and are confused by this decision,” he said.

“The people of Wales would’ve also come forward as they appreciate we are in a race against Omicron – but it seems that isn’t a mindset shared by Labour ministers now they’ve opted to impose restrictions.

“We’ve always known that vaccination, not restriction, will defeat the pandemic. This remains the case and vaccination should always be the top priority for the Labour Government – even on Boxing Day.”

In a statement, Aneurin Bevan Health Board said that they thought that even if they offered booster jabs on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, it was unlikely that many would take advantage of the opportunity.

“During the last 24 hours, we have experienced many residents not attending their allocated booster vaccination appointments and have offered last minute walk-in sessions to utilise this clinic capacity,” they said.

“For this reason, we would anticipate the take up of vaccination appointments on Christmas Day and 26 December would be incredibly low, and therefore it wouldn’t be viable for us to run clinic on those days, we are however, operating as normal on the Bank Holidays of 27 and 28 December.”


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paul stephens
paul stephens
4 months ago

i guess he will be working both days too? i think not

j humphrys
j humphrys
4 months ago
Reply to  paul stephens

But of course! Do you think the Tories have parties at Christmas???

BTW **************** NADOLIG HAPUS *********** !!!

Pawl
Pawl
4 months ago

Torïaid yn llyfu penolau San Steffan eto

Mark
Mark
4 months ago

Of course he does, are all tories such pr*cks

Geoff Horton-Jones
Geoff Horton-Jones
4 months ago

Dim problem.
Our N H S stalwarts are having a much needed rest.
Conservatives in Wales are meanwhile out in drag at their annual drag hunt

hdavies15
hdavies15
4 months ago

Wouldn’t mind setting hounds on some of them, whether in drag or not ! They are such a petulant miserable bunch. They really can’t cope with any favourable comparison with the xenophobic incompetent regime in London. The barrier is set so low that such positive comparisons are inevitably frequent. Let our vaxxing squads refresh for a weekend then kick off again on Monday.

Danny Beanyknife
Danny Beanyknife
4 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Says the individual who gloatingly called for English schoolchildren to be shot on cages by Welsh farmers.

World expert on other people’s xenophobia, you, aren’t you?

j humphrys
j humphrys
4 months ago

………..repeat, misspell, repeat again……….

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
4 months ago

Danny, what the hell are you talking about?

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
4 months ago

You have seized on H. Davies’ flippant, throwaway remark and flogged it to death as entirely spurious evidence of “xenophobia”. In all your reincarnations you have never once said anything positive about this country, posing instead as a “voice of reason” tasked with encouraging a unionist perspective that contributes little or nothing to the debate on the future of the country.

Grayham Jones
4 months ago

We
In wales have got to stop being little Englanders and and be proud to be welsh kick all English party’s out of wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 start fighting for children and grandchildren future in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Notta Bott
Notta Bott
4 months ago

Here they go again, moan at Labour with no offer of anything worth any time

Richard
Richard
4 months ago

Russell is quite right to raise this issue as I’m sure many working in the service industries- will see Boxing Day in particular as a good time to go…will be interesting to see how many go in England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 over those two day ?. Russell also however needs perhaps to pick his issues with more care – rather than be seen by the public – in completion with his Leader in sending out large numbers of press releases in the ‘ silly season ‘. Holding the Welsh Government to account is a lonely and often thankless job ….as so so… Read more »

j humphrys
j humphrys
4 months ago
Reply to  Richard

Good post again!

Richard
Richard
4 months ago
Reply to  j humphrys

Wow thanks JH.
Not all get past the ‘ censor ‘ though 🤣

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
4 months ago

If the Welsh Tories love the policies in England so much why don’t they leave us in peace and go and live there.

Ernie The Smallholder
Ernie The Smallholder
4 months ago

If the vaccination centres did open on the 25th/26th of December – How would most people be able to get there if it is outside normal walking or cycling distance?

Unless, of course the trains and buses have a full service every day of the week.

Richard
Richard
4 months ago

I guess most would use cars as in other centres across Wales.

Been a good turn out today in England.- all helping towards community safety. I would guess more on boxing day – but we will see

Last edited 4 months ago by Richard
Richard
Richard
4 months ago
Reply to  Richard

We the stats are out – I rest my case .. well used and attracted many first timers also- a few lives saved possibly and a touch less stress for the nhs ..?

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