First UK Covid-19 booster jabs for care home residents given in Wales

Anne Webb, 85
Anne Webb, 85

The health board said all booster vaccinations given will be Pfizer

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Care home residents in Wales have started receiving their Covid-19 booster vaccinations.

The first care home residents in the UK to receive Covid-19 booster vaccinations have received their jabs in Wales according to the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board.

The Welsh government is currently planning to offer booster jabs to a number of groups, including front line NHS staff and the over 50s.

The health board said all booster vaccinations given will be Pfizer, regardless of what the first two doses were.

The very first care home resident to receive their jab is understood to be 85-year-old Anne Webb who received her dose on Saturday at the Treorchy's Ty Ross Nursing Home.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest over 20% of the people who died in Wales from Covid-19, were residents of care homes.

The local authority area covered by the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, Rhondda Cynon Taf, is believed to have the highest mortality rate in Wales over the pandemic