Wales extends COVID-19 testing throughout July – Swansea Bay News

A new COVID vaccination center for Port Talbot is opening at the Aberavon shopping center.

Located next to the B&M, near the river bridge entrance, the Swansea Bay Health Board says it will provide vaccinations for both adults and children.

The first clinic will be held at the Local Vaccination Center (LVC) on Thursday 26 May. Slots will be available by appointment only for now.

The health office asks people not to call the mall if they want to make an appointment or if they have a general question. The reservation center of the healthcare company can be contacted on 01792 200492 or 01639 862323.

The opening comes as the health council concludes its vaccination operations at Bay Field Hospital near Amazon, off Fabian Way, which has been open since the first Covid vaccine was launched to health and social workers in December 2020. .

The latest Covid vaccination clinic will be held at the Bay Mass Vaccination Center on Wednesday, June 1.

Blood tests will continue on that site for the time being.

Covid vaccination clinics will also continue to be scheduled at the Canolfan Gorseinon Center, in the health department’s container in the Morrisons supermarket parking lot in Baglan Industrial Park, and at the Imbulance mobile vaccination clinic, which stops off at various locations in the area. of Swansea Bay.

Acting Head of Transformation, James Ruggiero, said the move to the mall signals a broader change in the Covid vaccination schedule.

“The Bay was absolutely fantastic for us, but luckily we don’t need a permanent home of that size anymore.

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“While no one can predict exactly what will happen in the future, we know that some people, especially vulnerable ones, will need Covid boosters to help maintain a level of protection against the coronavirus, which is still available.

“This new location is perfect for this and an advantage is that being smaller and less intimidating, it can also be used to house clinics for children aged five to 11.”

Vaccination staff Owain Williams, Samantha Minards, Rebecca Maus, Mathew Davies and Geraint Hammond, inside the new vaccination center at the Aberafan Shopping Center (Image: Swansea Bay NHS)

Mr. Ruggiero added: “Our teams have worked hard to set up this new affordable unit and to make it as comfortable and efficient as possible.

“We hope the public will welcome him and enjoy popping into the other stores to grab a bargain once they’ve come for the vaccination.”

The Aberafan LVC shopping center will be open from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Vaccinations for now are by appointment only.

The first vaccinations will involve the spring booster which, in line with the JCVI guide, is given to people aged 75 and over, residents in nursing homes and people aged 12 and over who are immunosuppressed.

The health council will shortly announce clinic dates for people aged five to 11 in June.

A Covid recall program is expected to run in the fall, with the JCVI interim council stating that residents in an aged care home and staff working in aged care homes; Frontline health and social workers; All those 65 years and over; and adults aged 16 to 65 years in a clinical risk group should each receive one dose.

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(Main image: Swansea Bay NHS)

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