With numerous concerned elderly constituents raising concerns about the rollout of the Coronavirus vaccine, Janet Finch-Saunders MS, Welsh Conservative Older People’s Champion, has written to Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.
In addition to seeking an explanation as to what steps are being taken to ensure that communication is made with all over-80’s in the health board area, the Member has sought clarity as to whether the three new mass vaccination centres in North Wales will be used to vaccinate elderly residents.
Commenting on the growing concern about the vaccination programme, Janet said:
“This week we have seen progress in vaccination rollout thanks to the opening of mass centres in Deeside, Llandudno, and Bangor.
“It is my understanding that these are intended for use by nearly 2,000 care home staff. However, the same phase is supposed to include the over-80s also.
“In the face of increasing concern about elderly constituents not receiving communication about vaccines, I have written to the Acting Chief Executive to seek clarity as to the situation and whether the mass centres will be used to provide support to older residents once all care homes staff have been reached.
“Given Conwy County’s significant older population, it would be extremely reasonable to use the mass vaccination centre in Llandudno to help with the rollout to constituents in Aberconwy.
“What is abundantly clear is that many constituents feel left out in the cold this bleak mid-winter. Communication must improve”.
Document: Letter to the Acting Chief Executive