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COVID-19 vaccination data

Published 30/07/2021   |   Last Updated 30/07/2021   |   Reading Time minutes

The Welsh Government published an updated vaccination strategy for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in June. The strategy sets three milestones with broad timings for when the adult population of Wales will be offered a first dose of a vaccine. All adults in Wales were offered a first dose of a vaccine by 14 June 2021, six weeks ahead of the government’s aim to do so by the end of July.

Public Health Wales (PHW) publishes a monthly report on inequalities in vaccine uptake. Our article on which groups have lower rates of vaccine uptake explores this data further. Our guest article by Dr Simon Williams and Dr Kimberly Dienes of Swansea University explores vaccine hesitancy in Wales.

How many people have received a dose of a vaccine?

As of 28 July 2021, Wales has administered 2,292,572 first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, which accounts for 72.3% of its total population, and 2,036,670 second doses, which is 64.3% of its total population.

Number of first doses and second doses with the percentage of the total population who have received a vaccine

Map of the UK showing: Wales 1st dose 2292572, 72.3%. Wales 2nd dose 2036670, 64.3%. England 1st dose 39225977, 69.4%. England 2nd dose 31570058, 55.8%. Scotland 1st dose 4005421, 69.4%. Scotland 2nd dose 3145017, 57.5%. Northern Ireland 1st dose 1209145, 63.8%. Northern Ireland 2nd dose 1030507, 54.4%.

Source: UK Government

Note: The population of each UK nation is based on most recent Office for National Statistics data and therefore includes those under the age of 18 who won’t be offered a COVID-19 vaccine.

You might see different population percentages being used in relation to the vaccination rollout. Some sources compare vaccine doses to the total population and others compare doses to the population aged 18+. While the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine has been approved for those aged 12 and over, there is currently no plan to vaccinate those under 18. We are presenting both to show the difference.

The map above shows how Wales compares to the other UK nations on the percentage of the total population who have received their first and second dose.

The graph below show the percentage of the population aged 18 and over who have received their first and second dose of a vaccine over time.

Percentage of population aged 18+ who have received a vaccination by first and second dose

Of the population aged 18 and over, 90% received a first dose and 80% received a second dose since December 2020.

Source: Public Health Wales

How is the rollout in Wales progressing?

The first milestones

The first vaccination strategy milestone was to have offered a first dose of a vaccine to everyone in priority groups 1 to 4 by mid-February 2021. This included:

  • 1. People living in a care home for older adults and their staff carers;
  • 2. People aged 80 and over, and frontline health and social care workers;
  • 3. people aged 75 and over, and
  • 4. People aged 70 and over and those people who are clinically extremely vulnerable (previously shielding).

On 12 February the First Minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford, announced that the first milestone had been met.

The second milestone

The second vaccination milestone was to offer the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to priority groups 5 to 9 by the middle of April 2021. This milestone included:

  • 5. people aged 65 and over;
  • 6. those over the age of 16 with an underlying health condition;
  • 7. people aged 60 and over;
  • 8. people aged 55 and over; and
  • 9. people aged 50 and over.

The Welsh Government said the second milestone was achieved on 4 April.

The third milestone

The third vaccination milestone represents the second phase of the vaccination programme. The Welsh Government’s aim is to offer to a first dose of a vaccine to those aged 18-49 by the end of July 2021 and to reach 75% uptake of first doses in all priority groups.

Based on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s recommendations, the third milestone is broken down into the following groups:

  • people aged 40-49;
  • people aged 30-39; and
  • people aged 18-29.

On 27 July the Welsh Government said that they aimed to offer all eligible adults two doses of vaccine by the end of September.

On 27 July the Minister for Health and Social Services, Eluned Morgan, announced that “Over 90% of adults in Wales have had a first dose of COVID-19 vaccination and 78% have also had their second dose”. The Welsh Government has grouped the three age groups to look at all adults under the age of 50. There has been high take-up for both doses in priority groups 1-4. Our graph below shows the breakdown by priority group and that the 18-29 age group has now reached 74.6% uptake.

The overall progress towards the three milestones are shown in our charts below for first and second doses.

Percentage of people who have received a first vaccine dose by priority group

Milestone 1: Care home residents 98.1%. Care home workers 93.3%. Health care workers 96.4%. Social care workers 45677 vaccinated, group size not available. 80 years and older 96.1%. Aged 75-79 96.9%. Aged 70-74 96.2%. Clinically extremely vulnerable aged 16-69 94.7%. Milestone 2: Aged 65-69 95%. Clinical risk groups aged 16-64 89.6%. Aged 60-64 93.3%. Aged 55-59 91.5%. Aged 50-54 89.5%. Milestone 3: Aged 40-49 84.2%. Aged 30-39 76.1%. Aged 18-29 74.6%.

Source: Public Health Wales

Percentage of people who have received a second vaccine dose by priority group

Milestone 1: Care home residents 95.1%. Care home workers 89.3%. Health care workers 93.6%. Social care workers 44815 vaccinated, group size not available. 80 years and older 94.6%. Aged 75-79 95.8%. Aged 70-74 95.3%. Clinically extremely vulnerable aged 16-69 92.3%. Milestone 2: Aged 65-69 93.6%. Clinical risk groups aged 16-64 84.7%. Aged 60-64 91.5%. Aged 55-59 89.2%. Aged 50-54 86.5%. Milestone 3: Aged 40-49 77.5%. Aged 30-39 63%. Aged 18-29 47.8%.

Source: Public Health Wales

How is the rollout progressing in each health board?

PHW publishes a weekly update to show the proportion of those in each priority group who have received a first and second dose by local health board and local authority.

The three graphs below show progress by local health board by the three milestones. They show those who have received both doses of a vaccine.

Percentage of care home residents, people aged 70-74, aged 75-79, aged 80 and over, and those who are critically extremely vulnerable (previously shielding) who have received both doses of a vaccine by Local Health Board of residence

See Public Health Wales data for full details.

Source: Public Health Wales

Percentage of those aged 65-69, aged 60-64, aged 55-59, aged 50-54 and those in clinical risk groups aged 16-64 who have received both doses of a vaccine by Local Health Board of residence

See Public Health Wales data for full details.

Source: Public Health Wales

Percentage of those aged 18-29, aged 30-39 and aged 40-49 who have received both doses of a vaccine by Local Health Board of residence.

See Public Health Wales data for full details.

Source: Public Health Wales

The interactive map below shows the percentage of adults aged 18 and over who have received both doses of a vaccine. The lighter colours represent the higher percentage of uptake. Hovering over the local authority will show uptake by first and second doses for those aged 50+, those aged 80+, those in care homes and those aged 16-69 who are clinically extremely vulnerable in that area.

Percentage of adults aged 18 and over who have received both doses of a vaccine by local authority.

 

Source: Public Health Wales

*Residents of care homes for older adults. **CEV = clinically extremely vulnerable.

What’s next?

On 30 June 2021 the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) published interim advice on phase 3 of the vaccination programme. The JCVI is recommending that “the autumn booster campaign begins in September 2021” with the purpose being “to reduce any further incidence of COVID-19 and maximise protection in those who are most vulnerable”.

Phase 3 will be broken down into two stages and broadly follows the nine priority groups. Stage 1 includes offering a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to:

  • Adults aged 16 and over who are immunosuppressed;
  • Those living in residential care homes for older adults;
  • All adults aged 70 years and over;
  • Adults aged 16 years and over who are clinically extremely vulnerable; and
  • Frontline health and social care workers.

Stage 2 will involve offering a third dose to the following groups as soon as practicable after stage 1. This includes:

  • All adults 50 years and over;
  • Adults aged 16-49 who are in an influenza or COVID-19 at risk group; and
  • Adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals.

The Welsh Government says that early evidence on the administration of COVID-19 and influenza vaccines used in the UK supports the delivery of both vaccines at the same time.

On 29 July the JCVI published their advice on vaccinating children This recommends that children and young people aged 12 -15 years with specific underlying health conditions that put them at risk of serious COVID-19 should be offered a COVID-19 vaccination. The Minister has stated that the NHS is “working quickly to identify and arrange appointments for the children and young people who should be offered a vaccine”.


Article by Paul Worthington, Joe Wilkes and Helen Jones, Senedd Research, Welsh Parliament