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Why second dose vaccines are not being offered via walk-in clinics

Credit: Matthew Horwood

One of the most common queries regarding the vaccine and walk-in centres has been answered by Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board.

The health board says it has received a number of comments on social media asking why you cannot get the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at walk-in centres.

As it stands, there is no reason to walk-in for your second dose, as once you have had your first, you will be contacted by letter or telephone call with an appointment date for your second.

It is possible this will change as the vaccination programme progresses and updates will be provided on the health board’s website.

Those who have not had their first dose can walk into a Covid-19 Community Vaccination Centre and have it done there and then. With no prior booking required, the walk-in appointments are available at the majority of community vaccination centres within the region.

Anyone who wishes to take advantage of the first dose walk-in appointment will need to bring along a form of ID such as a passport, drivers licence or a utility bill for proof of address.

This includes Ravens Court in Bridgend town centre (CF31 4AP) where the walk-in appointments will be available between 9.15am-4.30pm. Details of when the vaccination centre is open are available on the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board website which is updated weekly.

Bookings for second-dose appointments are continuing and will run alongside the walk-in vaccinations as normal.

We continue to urge those who haven’t had their first vaccine to do so as soon as possible and for those invited to get their second dose to make every effort to attend your appointment.

It is vital now to pull together as a community to protect our friends and family. Covid-19 has not gone away and it is important that we continue to keep up our guard and take every step necessary to ensure that we do not continue the spread of the virus.

Adults who have not yet received the vaccine can make use of the ‘walk-in’ appointments. These offer anyone who declined or missed their original appointment a fresh opportunity to catch up.

Council Leader Huw David