Cardiff and Vale University Health Board has been working in partnership with Cardiff Council and Vale of Glamorgan Council to identify centres to deliver the Covid 19 vaccinations.
The mass vaccination centres will be set up in Cardiff and Vale Therapy Centre in Splott, Pentwyn Leisure Centre and Holm View Leisure Centre in Barry.
The centres can be accessed by appointment only and those that are eligible to receive the vaccination will be sent a letter to contact the booking line to receive an appointment. All centres have adequate car parking and public transport access to meet the service need.
This is an exciting development in the NHS fight against Covid 19 with access to a vaccination imminent. The UHB has been working closely with partners to prepare for the vaccination including recruitment of staff, implementation of IT and digital solutions to manage the programme and storage and delivery of the vaccination to ensure the health board is able to mobilise quickly.
Approximately 265,000 people across Cardiff and Vale UHB will be eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination, as set out by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) with the mass vaccination programme estimated to take 9-12 months to be delivered.
Priority groups will be identified by JCVI and contacted to book an appointment when the centres are ready to receive them with health and social care workers and care homes identified as the first priority groups.
The centre in Splott will be used first and is will be ready to deliver the vaccine from December. The centres in Pentwyn and Barry are not likely to be stood up until January in line with vaccination quantities expected through the UK government.
Fiona Kinghorn, Executive Director of Public Health at Cardiff and Vale UHB said “Covid 19 has been a big part of our lives over the last year and this is promising news that we are now in a position to deliver a vaccination when it becomes available.
“A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes to identify suitable venues, recruit staff, set up a booking line and implement processes for the storage and transportation of the vaccination to get us ready to protect the population of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.
“While the vaccination programme will take time it is important that we all still adhere to the Welsh Government and Public Health Wales guidance and ensure we are social distancing, washing our hands regularly and wearing face coverings in public places to limit the spread of the virus.”