How is Wales’ vaccine rollout going?
As of May 2, Public Health Wales said a total of 1,854,687 first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have now been given in Wales.
The agency said 769,719 second doses have also been administered.
Wales is currently in phase two of its vaccination programme, meaning the NHS is now inviting everyone aged 40 to 49 to be vaccinated, after successfully offering the vaccine to everyone in the JCVI priority groups 1-9.
It comes as an estimated six in 10 adults (61 per cent) in private households would have tested positive for Covid-19 antibodies in the week to April 11, the ONS said on April 28.
This is up from around one in two adults, or 48.2 per cent, two weeks earlier.
On Apr 7, Wales became the first country in Britain to administer the Moderna vaccine.
It was also announced on Apr 14 that all over 16’s who live with an adult with a weakened immune system are to be prioritised for Covid-19 jabs, following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
Adults who are immunosuppressed have a weaker immune system to fight infections naturally and are more likely to have poorer outcomes after contracting coronavirus. This includes those with blood cancer, HIV or those who are having immunosuppressive treatment.
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Can I book a summer holiday to Wales?
The ‘Stay Local’ message in Wales was dropped on Apr 3, meaning that people are able to book holidays within the country. However, only self-catering accommodation is currently allowed to open.
The rules against non-essential travel to and from other parts of the UK were eased in England and Wales on Apr 12, allowing English holidaymakers to also take holidays in Wales from this date. Self-catering accommodation (including camping and glamping) has also reopened in England.
Only those within the same household, linked household or support bubble are allowed to stay within the same accommodation until May 17 at the earliest, when inter-household mixing indoors will be permitted. Hotels in Wales should also be able to reopen before the spring bank holiday at the end of May.
First Minister Mark Drakeford said on Apr 23 that he hoped the coronavirus situation in India gave the UK Government “real pause for thought” about reopening international travel on May 17.
Mr Drakeford told the PA news agency: “We have cases of the Indian variant in Wales, as we’ve had cases of the South African variant.
“The UK Government has a very important decision to make about May 17 and the reopening of international travel.
“I really hope that what we’ve seen in India in the last week will give them real pause for thought, and that we don’t run the risk of opening up international travel too quickly on too broad a front, and that results in the virus coming back into Wales”, Mr Drakeford said.
It comes as Matt Hancock, the health secretary, has warned that he cannot give any assurances that the current vaccines the UK has against Covid-19 will be as effective against the new variant of the virus which originated in India.