Update status: This page was last updated on 18.01.2021.

Here at Cwm Tag Morgannwg University Health Board, we are proud to be part of the biggest vaccination programme Wales has ever seen.

We are committed to offering a COVID-19 vaccination programme to all eligible and consenting residents and health and care sector workers in Cwm Taf Morgannwg, as quickly and as safely as possible.

We will provide a weekly bulletin on our COVID-19 vaccination programme, which you can find the latest here: CTM UHB Covid-19 Vaccination update – Jan 18

On this page you will find:

  • The latest headline number
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Useful links for more information
  • Latest news releases

 

The Headline Number

As of Sunday, January 17 – We have administered 21,857 COVID-19 vaccines in Cwm Taf Morgannwg.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Who are you vaccinating?

Answer: In line with Welsh Government Vaccination Strategy for Wales and the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) priority groups, we are in the first instance offering the vaccine to the top four priority groups which are:

  1. Residents and staff in a care home for older adults
  2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. All those 75 years of age and over
  4. All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals

The full list of priority groups is below:

     

In our area, approximately 100,000 people are in the top four priority groups.

It is our aim to have everyone vaccinated, with at least their first dose, by mid-February 2021.

Once that target is achieved, we will then move onto the remaining priority groups (5 – 9) and second doses, which we aim to vaccinate by spring.

Then our ambition is to offer a vaccine to the rest of the eligible population by autumn, in line with Welsh Government strategy. However, this will depend on vaccine supply.

 

Question: How will I know when it is my turn to be offered a vaccination?

Answer: We will contact you to offer you the vaccine if you are in one of the four top priority groups.

Please do not worry, you will have been identified as being eligible through your GP practice, national shielding database, Health Board staff data, and from information provided to us by our key partners including care homes and local authorities.

We know people are keen to have the vaccine as soon as possible, and we are looking forward to seeing you.

However, we are asking for your patience in waiting to being contacted, most likely by letter or by phone, with the offer of an appointment. It will take a little time, because of the sheer numbers. Please do not worry if you hear of another GP practice already vaccinating, or someone you know in similar circumstances to you, having already received their appointment, you will be contacted, as our aim is to hit our mid-February target.

Please do not contact your GP practice, hospitals or local authorities about an appointment, they are focused on the important work of delivering the vaccines. Our weekly bulletin should provide you with any information you need.

 

Question: Will I get two doses?

Answer: Yes. Everyone will receive two doses of the vaccine, and you will be called back for your second dose within 12 weeks of the first dose. You will have a high level of protection after the first dose and there is more information around the science on that in the useful links below.

We are currently using two vaccines, the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. There is more detail on both vaccines below.

You will receive two doses of the same vaccine. There are no plans to mix vaccines with first and second doses.

 

Question: Where are you vaccinating?

Answer: We are currently vaccinating in four ‘settings’. We are vaccinating in our hospitals, mainly for our frontline staff. We are vaccinating in care homes, using mobile teams to go into the care homes to protect residents and staff. Thirdly, we are vaccinating in GP Practices. All 51 GP practices in our Health Board are participating in this programme. Fourthly, we have four community vaccination centres (CVCs). They are located in Bridgend, the Rhondda, Abercynon and Merthyr Tydfil. The number of CVCs throughout Cwm Taf Morgannwg is under review, and it may be we decide to open more in our communities.

Current deployment of vaccine is as follows:

Location Vaccine Target population
GP Practices AstraZeneca Priority groups starting with over 80s
Community Vaccination Centres Pfizer Health and Social Care Staff and priority group 4
Hospital Vaccination Centres Pfizer Health Board frontline clinical staff
Care Homes Pfizer Care Home residents and staff

 

Question: What vaccines are you using?

Answer: We are currently using two vaccines, the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine and the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Read more about the Oxford vaccine here. Read more about the Pfizer vaccine here.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MRHA) has approved both vaccines for use in the UK.
Both are stored differently, with the Pfizer jab needing to be stored in temperatures of minus-70. That is why it is currently simpler for us to administer the Pfizer jab in our hospitals, CVCs and care homes. As a health board we are proud to be leading the way in Wales in taking our Pfizer vaccines into care homes.

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine can be stored at normal fridge temperature, making its transportation across CTM a lot easier. That is why we selected the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to be deployed in primary care, currently GP practices.
The Moderna vaccine has also been approved by the MHRA, and supplies of this are expected in the spring. Read more about its approval here.

 

Question: Your 100,000 target seems ambitious?

Answer: Yes, it is ambitious, but one we are determined to achieve. There are challenges of course, and we have to be realistic that our ability to give vaccines is entirely dependent on vaccine supply. However, we believe our plan is robust, and by all of us working together we can hit the targets.

We ask you to trust us as well. We are pledging to communicate openly and transparently throughout this whole programme. We will only present the facts to you, we won’t speculate, and we will provide all our data, making sure it is as up to date as possible. Please don’t get drawn in to misinformation by people spreading rumours on social media. Please feel confident in us to use us as your trusted source. Thank you.

 

Question: What if I still don’t think my question has been answered here?

Answer: We have set up a dedicated helpline to try and assist you with your enquiries. It’s open Monday to Friday, 10:00am to 4:30pm.

The number is 01685 726464.

There is also a dedicated email address. This is monitored Monday to Friday, 10:00am to 4:30pm.

Please email: [email protected]

Useful links with more information

Public Health Wales has produced an excellent COVID-19 vaccination website with a lot of information on, including FAQs. It’s a really useful resource. Please find it through this link: https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/immunisation-and-vaccines/covid-19-vaccination-information/

 

Latest news releases

05/01/21 – Cwm Taf Morgannwg UHB vaccinates its first patients with the new COVID-19 vaccine