WQ84122 (e) Tabled on 23/12/2021

What priority is given to healthcare professionals to receive their booster jabs and will they be offered a fast-track service at mass vaccination centres to avoid queues?

Answered by Minister for Health and Social Services | Answered on 05/01/2022

In line with advice from the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), frontline health and social care workers are prioritised as part of groups 1 and 2 of the vaccination programme. In September 2021, these groups were amongst the first to be eligible and prioritised for appointments as part of the Autumn Booster Campaign.

The daily Public Health Wales (PHW) uptake figures published 29 December show 71.9% of Care Home Workers and 82% of Health Care Workers have received their booster dose.

Time away from work to attend the vaccine appointment is considered acceptable in all NHS Wales organisations. As people join the care workforce, we are taking every opportunity to remind them of the importance of the vaccine and to get their booster jabs if they are eligible, given their role caring for some of the most vulnerable people in Wales.