Covid: How many people have been vaccinated in Wales?

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A total of 995,059 people in Wales have been given a first dose of Covid vaccine, while 176,054 have now been given the full course.

The latest day saw 11,640 people get a first dose and 7,891 get their second.

More than half of people in their 60s (59%) have had a first dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

Public Health Wales (PHW) figures show 229,282 people in their 60s and 113,446 in their 50s have had a first jab.

So far, 32% of the Welsh population have had a first dose and 6% have had a full vaccination.

Who has received a dose in Wales so far?

Figures for Wales are released daily - and more of a local breakdown weekly - to show how things are progressing.

  • Daily numbers show 166,089 of over-80s (94.2%) have received a first dose.
  • In addition, more than 94% in the 70s age groups have had their first dose.
  • 95.2% of care home residents have had their first dose.

Sometimes there is a complication with immunising residents if there is an outbreak at a home, leading to a wait of 20 days until it is clear of the virus.

The figures also show:

  • 71,312 clinically extremely vulnerable people aged 16 to 69 (87.4%) have been given a first dose.
  • 84.7% of care home workers - more than 33,502 - have received at least one dose.
  • The other key priority group is healthcare workers - more than 128,848 (87.3%) have had a dose.

PHW recently set out for the first time another 350,000 people from the next set of priority groups who have been given a first dose of vaccine.

These included social care workers, with more than 38,813 getting a first dose so far.

How many have received a first dose?

Up to Saturday night, 995,059 people had been given their first dose in Wales - 31.6% of the population.

As of Friday, England had given first doses to 32.9% of its population and Scotland was on 31.49%. Northern Ireland had given first doses to 30.5% of its population.

The daily case rate for first doses is tailing off in UK nations, as the programme comes to the end involving the first priority groups.

Health officials in Wales understand there will still be people who could not be reached or wanted to rearrange appointments, as well as those in care homes who were not able to receive it because they had to isolate due to an outbreak.

There is an effort to catch up with the remainder to ensure "no-one is left behind", but there is confidence that all who want the vaccine will receive a dose.

What is happening with second doses?

The total number of people having the full vaccine course now stands at 176,054 - with 7,891 second doses given out on Friday.

It means 5.6% of the population have now had the full course of a vaccine.

Wales has been ahead in terms of its daily average of second doses.

Data from Friday showed Northern Ireland had fully vaccinated 2.2% of its population, Scotland 2.1% and England 1.4%.

What about different parts of Wales?

We get a series of weekly figures from PHW which break down figures by health board - with the latest going up to 28 February.

The latest set show:

  • First doses given range from 25.5% of people in Cardiff and Vale to more than 38% in Powys.
  • Betsi Cadwaladr had completed the most full vaccine courses - 26,245 out of 103,920 across Wales by 28 February.
  • A total of 93.9% of over-80s, or 165,648 people, had been given a first vaccine dose. This was fairly consistent between health boards.
  • The vaccine reached 94.5% of elderly care home residents - although this ranged between 90.1% in Aneurin Bevan to 97.8% in Swansea Bay. Cwm Taf Morgannwg though had completed 31% of second doses with its care home residents, far more than any other health board.

Aneurin Bevan health board had reached the highest proportion of first doses 70 to 74-year-olds - 94.8% - by last Sunday but there was very little difference between health boards. Powys had reached the most 75 to 79-year-olds at 95.9%.

As for 60-year-olds, Aneurin Bevan had reached the most aged 65-69 (90%) and Cardiff and Vale had given first doses to the most 60 to 64-year-olds (55%).

Of the second doses given out so far, more than 31,300 healthcare workers had been given the full vaccine and nearly 6,400 care home staff.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg had completed vaccinations of nearly 8,000 people, including 6,716 healthcare workers. Betsi Cadwaladr health board's second dose total included 3,080 care home workers.

Of those classed as extremely vulnerable because of medical conditions and aged under 70 and shielding, 3,255 had been given a full vaccine.

Lag in the figures

We have to bear in mind the vaccine figures that are published in Wales, unlike in England, are not "real time".

It takes up to five days after a person receives a dose for the data to be actually published.

GPs are asked to input data into the NHS Wales-built system as soon as possible but it then has to be verified and quality assured by Public Health Wales - to ensure people are not double-counted, for instance - before it is actually published.

So there is a built-in lag between what health bosses are seeing happening daily and when we see the figures.

One health official said they were under-reporting rather than leaving "any chance of over-reporting".

Ministers however, do have access to the "real-time" data as soon as it is in the system so have an idea what is going on, on the ground.

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