Almost three million doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Wales in just six months, the government said in an update on Monday (17).
This means 80 per cent of all adults in Wales have received their first vaccine and one in three adults have received their second dose to complete the course, the Welsh government added.
Commenting on the achievement, Welsh’s new health minister Eluned Morgan said: “This is a fantastic achievement in such a short space of time. I’m incredibly proud and grateful to the thousands of people – NHS staff, military personnel and volunteers – who have worked so hard across the country to reach this milestone.
“Vaccination is making a real difference to the course of this pandemic. Every dose delivered is a small victory against this awful virus.”
Dr Gill Richardson, Wales’ deputy chief medical officer for vaccines, added: “Today’s figures show Wales has achieved yet another major milestone through the fantastic efforts of our vaccination programme, healthcare staff and the public.
“We’re continuing to lead the UK’s efforts to vaccinate as much of the population as quickly and as safely as possible to help bring this pandemic to a close.
“I am proud of all our vaccination teams across Wales, whose hard work and dedication has meant that 95 per cent of those in the most vulnerable groups have had at least their first dose, and we are now making great progress through the younger age groups.
“Uptake has been much higher than predicted but it’s really important that when you’re called for your appointment – whether it’s your first or second dose – that you go. Every vaccination counts.”