Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has confirmed that a number of walk-in appointments are available up until New Year’s Eve at local vaccination centres such as Ravens Court in Bridgend town centre.

The walk-in slots are being offered to people aged 12 and over who have yet to receive their first vaccination, people aged over 18 who have not yet received their second jab, immunosuppressed people who need to receive a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and university students who have returned home for the holidays.

Walk-in slots are also available for people aged 16 and over who have yet to receive their first booster shot. This covers eligible people who have been unable to make their booster appointment, who may have received letters after their appointment time, who may have had an evening appointment cancelled, or who have been given an appointment in January but want to bring it forward.

People who have already received appointments for December are being asked to ensure they keep them, and full details of the availability of the walk-in appointments, including eligibility criteria, are available at the health board’s website.

The move follows the recent introduction of new pandemic changes announced by Welsh Government to fight the spread of Covid-19.

This means that two-metre social distancing will be necessary in all premises that are open to the public, including workplaces, and that a maximum of six people can gather together in regulated premises such as cinemas, theatres, restaurants, cafes and other hospitality venues.

Table service and the collection of contact details will be necessary at all licensed premises, and face coverings will be required in hospitality settings at all times apart from when you are seated.

A maximum of 30 people can gather for an indoor event, while outdoor events can be attended by up to 50 people. Up to 50 people can also gather to watch team sports, and there is an exception for children’s events.

While there will be no restrictions on how many can mix at home, in gardens, outdoors or within holiday accommodation, people are being advised to exercise common sense and caution, and to follow some simple rules:

 

  • Limit the number of visitors you invite to your home.
  • Ask them to take a lateral flow test the morning before they visit.
  • Try to meet outdoors or in a well-ventilated indoor space.
  • Stagger expected visits to help control numbers.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Practice good hand hygiene.

 

Residents are also being reminded to remain alert for scammers during the pandemic. The Covid Pass, which is now essential for proving your vaccination status to attend certain venues and events within Wales, is free to obtain and you will not be asked for payment or to provide banking details.

The Leader, Cllr Huw David said: “We have all made huge efforts in the fight against Covid-19 and have come a long way, but we have further still to go before life can start to return to normal.

“Every vaccination counts in the fight against the coronavirus, and it also remains essential to ensure that we all follow the guidelines around testing, social distancing, wearing masks, maintaining strong hand hygiene and more.

“To learn more about the walk-in appointments, find out if you meet the criteria and view details of where your nearest vaccination centre is located, please visit the Cwm Taf website.”