Health minister confirms Covid booster for over 50s and jab for 12-15 year olds in Wales
The Welsh Government have confirmed that healthy children aged 12-15 in Wales will now also be offered a Covid-19 vaccine.
Health Minister Eluned Morgan also confirmed that a booster jab will be rolled out to everyone in groups 1-9 – that is, residents in a care home for older adults, staff working in care homes for older adults, health care workers, and everyone over 50.
Children will be vaccinated in mass vaccination centres and schools, and parents will have to consent to their children getting the jab, she said.
Both programmes will start next week.
Eluned Morgan also said that she was “particularly worried” about pregnant women in Wales who have not been vaccinated.
She told a press conference: “Vaccination has made a real difference to the course of this pandemic – it has prevented many thousands of people falling seriously ill and it has prevented many, many deaths in this delta wave.
“We have very high rates of vaccination in Wales – thanks to the hard work of everyone involved in our fantastic programme.
“But there are many people who could be vaccinated who have not yet had a vaccine.
“We are particularly worried about pregnant women who haven’t been vaccinated and would urge them to speak to their midwife about having the vaccine.
“It’s never too late to be vaccinated in Wales. Please, if you haven’t already, come and get your vaccine and when your invite arrives, come and get your booster.”