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COVID-19 vaccination data

Published 15/10/2021   |   Last Updated 15/10/2021   |   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.

How many people have received a dose of a vaccine?

As of 13 October 2021, Wales has administered 2,404,237 first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, which accounts for 75.9% of its total population, and 2,232,967 second doses, which is 70.4% 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 2387746, 75.3%. Wales 2nd dose 2227522, 70.3%. England 1st dose 41131105, 72.7%. England 2nd dose 37780849, 66.8%. Scotland 1st dose 4235075, 72.7%. Scotland 2nd dose 3854847, 70.5%. Northern Ireland 1st dose 1314779, 69.4%. Northern Ireland 2nd dose 1215311, 64.1%.

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 16 who may not 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+. We are presenting both to show the difference. All 16 and 17 year olds in Wales should by now have been offered the vaccine.

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 shows the percentage of the population aged 16 and over who have received their first and second dose of a vaccine over time.

Percentage of population aged 16+ who have received a vaccination by first and second dose

Of the population aged 16 and over, 92% received a first dose and 85% received a second dose since December 2020.

How is the rollout in Wales progressing?

The first milestone

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

The third milestone

The third vaccination milestone represented the second phase of the vaccination programme. The Welsh Government’s aim is to offer 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.

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 94.2%. Health care workers 97%. Social care workers 45114 vaccinated, group size not available. 80 years and older 96.2%. Aged 75-79 97%. Aged 70-74 96.3%. Clinically extremely vulnerable aged 16-69 95%. Milestone 2: Aged 65-69 95.1%. Clinical risk groups aged 16-64 90.6%. Aged 60-64 93.5%. Aged 55-59 91.8%. Aged 50-54 90%. Milestone 3: Aged 40-49 85.1%. Aged 30-39 78.3%. Aged 18-29 77.6%. Aged 16-17 71.9%.

 

Source: Public Health Wales

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

 

Milestone 1: Care home residents 96.2%. Care home workers 91.3%. Health care workers 95.3%. Social care workers 44522 vaccinated, group size not available. 80 years and older 95.2%. Aged 75-79 96.2%. Aged 70-74 95.7%. Clinically extremely vulnerable aged 16-69 93.3%. Milestone 2: Aged 65-69 94.2%. Clinical risk groups aged 16-64 87.4%. Aged 60-64 92.3%. Aged 55-59 90.3%. Aged 50-54 88.1%. Milestone 3: Aged 40-49 82%. Aged 30-39 72.9%. Aged 18-29 69.6%. Aged 16-17 16.6%.

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?

Updated Vaccination Strategy

On 12 October Welsh Government published its’ COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy for autumn and winter 2021. The Strategy estimates that:

  • 77% of people of all ages in Wales have some immunity against COVID-19 infection;
  • Up to 90% of the population, spread evenly across Wales and all its’ population groups and ages, must be immune to COVID-19 before population immunity effects would be observed.

The Strategy focuses on providing boosters for the most vulnerable, vaccinating children and young people and the principle of leaving nobody behind, and confirms that by 1 November, offers will be made for:

  • One dose for all 12-15 year olds;
  • A booster vaccination for care home residents and health and care staff.

But the Strategy notes too that “overall cases of COVID-19 remain high across Wales”, with continued pressure on health services.

Indeed, the Minister for Health and Social Services has warned that a potentially tough winter lies ahead, and “it’s clear the pandemic won’t be over by Christmas”.  In a statement to Plenary on 12 October the Minister stated that “there will be threats from other respiratory infections, such as RSV and seasonal flu”, and the Strategy also notes the increased risk to those infected with both flu and COVID-19.

The vaccination programme will also need to be delivered alongside the seasonal influenza vaccine and the Strategy encourages people to get the flu vaccine, regardless of their eligibility for the  COVID-19 booster.

Vaccination booster campaign

The Minister has reported that the majority of people eligible will be offered their booster vaccination by December 31, 2021. The booster is offered no earlier than 6 months after completion of the primary vaccine course

People who are severely immuno-suppressed will be offered a third dose of vaccine to provide them with as much protection as possible.  They will be prioritised for an urgent appointment at a time that’s right for them based on their treatment and the advice of their clinician.

Updated vaccine advice to pregnant women

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that pregnant women should be offered COVID-19 vaccines at the same time as people of the same age or risk group.

Following on from this, the JCVI has updated their guidance on the vaccine, pregnancy and breastfeeding. The guidance notes that Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are the preferred vaccines for pregnant women of any age receiving their first vaccine dose.

NHS COVID Pass

Mandatory COVID passes in nightclubs and large events were brought in for Wales on 11 October, and guidance has been published on how to get and use the COVID pass.

The Welsh Government have outlined that there will be enforcement and compliance measures to accompany these new regulations. Businesses and events will need to show how they’re planning to comply with the new COVID pass arrangements. It is also now an offence for a person to provide false or misleading evidence of vaccination or testing status when that information is needed as part of the requirement for holding a COVID pass.


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