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Cardiff’s second mass vaccination centre opens its doors

Pentwyn leisure centre is being used for vaccinations

The second Covid 19 Mass Vaccination Centre in Cardiff officially opens its doors to the public today (1 February) as Cardiff and Vale University Health Board increases its vaccination capacity.

The health board has vaccinated over 60,000 people in priority groups 1-4 so far in line with the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) guidance, and the new centre will increase the capacity for Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan residents to receive their vaccination.

The Pentwyn Mass Vaccination centre is in addition to the mass vaccination centre that exists in Splott. People who are in the age group 70-74 and those that are extremely clinically vulnerable will receive a letter inviting them to attend either Pentwyn or Splott to receive their vaccination.

Fiona Kinghorn, Executive Director of Public Health at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said: “It is remarkable to see the rapid progress made as part of the Health Board’s vaccination programme. To have the second mass vaccination centre open in addition to the existing mass vaccination centre in Splott, our two satellite clinics for frontline staff and the fantastic work done by GP practices across both counties, we’re confident that we can meet our aim of vaccinating the top four priority groups by mid-February.

“Residents aged between 70-74 and those deemed clinically extremely vulnerable will be invited for a vaccination by the Health Board. We ask for your patience at this time and I can reassure you that there is no need to contact your GP practice or the Health Board for an appointment, we will get in touch with you.

“We appreciate this is an anxious time for some. If you have any questions or concerns about the vaccination, or when you’re likely to receive your appointment, then please visit our website which has more information on the programme.”

Those invited to the mass vaccination centre in Pentwyn will receive the Pfizer vaccine and an appointment for their second dose will be automatically generated upon attendance.  They will receive confirmation of their second dose appointment via a letter through the post.

The Health Board is still on track to open its third mass vaccination centre in Barry on Monday 8 February and people in the aged 70-74 group and those deemed extremely clinically vulnerable will start to receive their invitations in the post.