Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

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Chief Medical Officer encourages pregnant women to have Covid-19 vaccine

The Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton is appealing to pregnant women to accept their COVID-19 vaccine when offered.

This follows the rise in the number of unvaccinated pregnant women being admitted to hospital with COVID-19 who are experiencing serious illness.

The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) both recommend vaccination as one of the best defences against severe infection.

Chief Medical Officer for Wales statement

Covid Pass for events and nightclubs announced

People will have to show a NHS Covid Pass to enter nightclubs and attend events in Wales from next month, the First Minister announced today.

The measure is being introduced to help control the spread of coronavirus – cases are currently very high in Wales but the alert level will remain at zero for the next 3 weeks.

Announcing the outcome of the latest 3-week review of the coronavirus regulations, the First Minister today encouraged everyone to work from home whenever possible and to make sure they are fully vaccinated.

Awareness and enforcement of other key coronavirus protection measures, including face coverings in indoor public places and on public transport, will be increased.

Full Welsh Government statement

JCVI announcement Autumn booster programme

Eluned Morgan MS, Minister for Health and Social Services: "Some months ago, the JCVI was asked whether a campaign should be launched to give people a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, as a result of emerging evidence of reduced immunity over time. Following weeks of discussion and consideration of evidence, the JCVI has provided its final advice, which recommends the autumn booster campaign for certain groups."

The single priority group lists:

  • Those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • All adults aged 50 years or over
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • All those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (as set out in the Green Book), and adult carers
  • Adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals

Full statement

JCVI & Chief Medical Officers’ advice on vaccinating 12-15 year olds

Eluned Morgan MS, Minister for Health and Social Services: "After careful consideration, on public health grounds, the UK CMOs recommend that all children and young people aged 12-15 not already covered by existing JCVI advice should be offered a first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine."

Full statement

JCVI advice offering further vaccinations to individuals who are severely immunosuppressed

"Today, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have advised that a third COVID-19 vaccine primary dose be offered to individuals, aged 12 years and over, who were severely immunosuppressed at the time of either, or both, of their first two vaccine doses. This is because some individuals who are severely immunosuppressed due to underlying health conditions or certain medical treatments may not produce a full immune response to COVID-19 vaccination," Eluned Morgan MS, Minister for Health and Social Services

Full Welsh Government statement

Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 34 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

No changes to COVID rules in Wales

First Minister Mark Drakeford is urging people in Wales to get vaccinated and keep taking familiar steps to help address rising coronavirus cases.

It comes as he confirms there will be no significant changes to Covid rules in this 21-day regulations cycle.

Full Welsh Government statement

Children and young people to be removed from shielding list

Children and young people will be removed from the list of people who would be asked to shield and will no longer be considered clinically extremely vulnerable in relation to COVID-19, the Minister for Health and Social Services, Eluned Morgan, has announced.

Full Welsh Government statement

Support and advice for businesses during alert level 0

We continue to work with the Health and Safety Executive @H_S_E to check in with businesses in Carmarthenshire to ensure they are operating safely at alert level 0.

The HSE, working alongside our officers, is providing advice and guidance to manage risk and protect workers, customers and visitors and taking action where there are concerns about safety.

No one left behind as Health Boards work to vaccinate all over-16s

Health Minister Eluned Morgan encourages everyone to take up their offer of a COVID vaccine, with confirmation that all 16 and 17 year olds in Wales will have received their offer of a COVID vaccine by the end of this week. 

Welsh Government statement

Self-isolation at alert level 0

How and when you and your household need to self-isolate if you have symptoms, tested positive, or have been in contact with somebody who has Covid-19 at alert level 0.

Self-isolation guidance

First Minister confirms Wales to enter alert level zero from 7 August 2021

Here are the key changes coming into effect from 6am tomorrow:

There will be no limit on the number of people you can meet indoors or outdoors, including in private homes, public places or at events.

The few remaining businesses who were still required to be closed, including nightclubs, will be able to reopen.

You will no longer legally have to wear masks in hospitality settings where food and drink is being served. But we still encourage you to wear them in those settings where this is practical.

If you’re fully vaccinated or under 18, you’ll no longer need to isolate if you’ve been in close contact with someone who has coronavirus. You'll still need a test on days 2 and 8. And anyone who tests positive must isolate for 10 days.

Businesses, workplaces and places open to the public must take reasonable measures to minimise the risk of coronavirus. They will also have more flexibility to tailor their coronavirus measures based on their risk assessment - this may mean less emphasis on physical distancing.

It is everything you have done, and the hard work of our vaccinators, that means we're able to lift restrictions further and see some normality.

More information here: https://gov.wales/wales-moves-alert-level-zero

 

 

Fully vaccinated adults will no longer need to self-isolate

All adults who have been fully vaccinated will no longer have to self-isolate if they are identified as close contacts of someone with coronavirus from the 7 August.

Children and young people under 18 will also be exempt from the need to self-isolate if they are also identified as close contacts of a positive case.  But everyone who tests positive for coronavirus or has symptoms must continue to isolate for 10 days, whether they have been vaccinated or not.

Self-isolation support payments

If you have been advised to self-isolate via the NHS Covid-19 App then you must register your details with Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) within your 10-day isolation period. Further information on how to register with TTP can be found on the NHS website.

Economic resilience fund - Turnover less than £85K

The grant is now open to applications and will remain open for a period of 2 weeks, up to Midday on Monday 9th August.

Support for businesses with a turnover greater than £85,000 will be provided directly by the Welsh Government. You can apply for this grant on the Business Wales website, the grant will close at midday on Tuesday 27 July 2021.

Apply for ERF

Situation updates prior to April 1, 2021

Situation updates prior to April 1, 2021, have now been archived. If you are looking for a particular update that has now been archived, please contact us.

JCVI announcement on vaccinating Children & Young People

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021. From 1 July 2021, the government will pay 70% of wages up to a maximum cap of £2,187.50 for the hours the employee is on furlough.

From 1 August 2021, the government will pay 60% of wages up to a maximum cap of £1,875 for the hours the employee is on furlough.

For claims from 1st July 2021, employers must top up employees’ wages to make sure they receive 80% of their wages (up to £2,500) for the hours they are on furlough. The caps are proportional to the hours not worked.

Find out more about how the scheme is changing.

Claims for furlough days in July 2021 must be made by 16 August 2021.

Updates to opening times for walk-ins at mass vaccination centres

First and second dose walk-in vaccine clinics continue to run at all Hywel Dda mass vaccination centre across Carmarthenshire.  

Please check the opening times of your local centre below and call in to receive your first vaccine dose, available for anyone aged 18 and over, or your second vaccine dose if it is due (eight weeks after your first):    

There is no need to contact the health board before attending a walk-in clinic but if you wish to schedule an appointment you can still do so by contacting the booking team on 0300 303 8322 or by emailing COVIDenquiries.hdd@wales.nhs.uk   

“Next steps towards a future with fewer covid rules” – First Minister

From 17 July, Wales will move fully to alert level one, including:

  • Up to six people can meet indoors in private homes and holiday accommodation.  
  • Organised indoor events can take place for up to 1,000 seated and up to 200 standing.
  • Ice rinks can reopen.

Wales will also take the first step into alert level zero as the limits on the numbers of people who can meet in public places or at events will be removed.  Outdoor premises and events will also have greater flexibility around physical distancing.

Also from 17 July other changes include:

  • New rules for children’s residential activity centres so children in groups of up to 30 can visit.
  • A specific requirement for employers to provide comprehensive information on the risks and mitigations identified in the COVID risk assessment with their employees.

If Wales moves to alert level zero on 7 August, all premises would be able to open and most – but not all – restrictions will be removed and replaced with the ongoing requirement for all organisations and businesses to carry out Covid risk assessments. These will determine what reasonable measures are needed to be put in place to keep workers and customers and visitors safe.

There will also be no legal limits on the number of people who can meet others indoors, including in private homes.

Face coverings will continue to be required by law in most indoor public places and on public transport at alert level zero from 7 August, with the exception of hospitality settings.

Full Welsh Government statement

Face coverings to continue to help keep Wales safe

Ministers have confirmed face coverings will continue to play an important role in helping keep us all safe from coronavirus in Wales.

As the Welsh Government prepares to publish an updated Coronavirus Control Plan, setting out what will happen beyond alert level one, face coverings will continue to be required in certain settings, such as public transport and taxis, and health and social care, as a minimum, while coronavirus remains a public health threat.

Active further consideration is being given to whether face coverings should also be required in other settings, such as retail, if restrictions are relaxed further.

Wales is currently at alert level one – face coverings are mandatory in all indoor public places at alert level one and above.

Ministers will hold the regular 21-day review of the coronavirus regulations on Friday, which will set out whether restrictions can be relaxed in some indoor places, including people’s homes.

They will also publish new plans setting out how Wales will move beyond alert level one to a new alert level zero, with fewer legal restrictions.

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Changes to keep schools safe and learners learning

Education Minister Jeremy Miles has written to all headteachers and principals in Wales to provide more clarity on how schools and colleges can continue to operate safely when they return in September.

Three main changes are being proposed to bring some normality back to education ahead of the new autumn term. They are:

  • face coverings will no longer be routinely recommended in classrooms
  • contact groups will no longer be required for school pupils or full-time learners in colleges. We will use our TTP system in order to identify close contacts of learners who have tested positive
  • normal session times will resume

More information

A Call to Arms – drop in for your dose this weekend

Vaccination centres across many parts of Wales will be open for walk-in appointments from this weekend as the Health Minister makes a call to all adults to get their jab.

So far, 75% of people aged under-50 in Wales have had their first dose. 

All over 18s can attend some vaccination centres to get their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine without needing an appointment, and young adults in particular are being encouraged to take up this offer.

Digital NHS COVID Pass available in Wales for urgent travel

People living in Wales who have received the COVID vaccine will be able to access their vaccination status via the internet from today to generate an NHS COVID Pass for urgent outbound international travel.

Welsh Government statement

Rule changes on hold for 4 weeks as delta spreads

First Minister Mark Drakeford will announce a 4-week pause to the coronavirus rules on Friday (June 18) to help boost protection against the new delta variant.

Wales’ world-leading vaccine programme will speed up second doses over the next 4 weeks – with a planned deployment of more than half a million doses to help prevent a fresh wave of serious illness as cases of coronavirus begin to rise.

The latest figures show there are almost 490 cases of the delta variant in Wales. More than 4 out 5 new Covid cases in Wales are the delta variant and two-thirds of these are not linked to travel or contact with another case, suggesting community spread.

Wales’ coronavirus case rate has risen steadily since the end of May and the positivity rate has more than doubled – but it remains the lowest in the UK.

Full Welsh Government statement

Health Minister urges people to get vaccinated as Delta variant cases rise

As Wales sees an increase in cases of the Delta variant, people are being urged to take up their offer of a vaccine.

Full Welsh Government statement

Situation updates prior to March 1, 2021

Situation updates prior to March 1, 2021, have now been archived. If you are looking for a particular update that has now been archived, please contact us.

Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 23 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

Walk-in vaccine clinics

There are walk-in vaccine clinics being held between Thursday 17 and Sunday 20 June. There is no need to contact the health board to book an appointment. If you have a scheduled appointment for those dates, please keep your appointment time. If you have already registered using our online form, you are still welcome to attend the walk-in clinic.

First dose walk-in vaccine clinics (aged 18 and over)

  • Aberystwyth (Thomas Parry Library, SY23 3FL) 10am to 8pm on Thursday 17 June, Friday 18 June, Saturday 19 June and Sunday 20 June
  • Carmarthen (Halliwell Conference Centre, UWTSD, SA31 3EP) 10am to 8pm on Thursday 17 June, Friday 18 June, Saturday 19 June and Sunday 20 June
  • Haverfordwest (Pembrokeshire Archives, SA61 2PE) 10am to 8pm on Thursday 17 June, Friday 18 June, Saturday 19 June and Sunday 20 June
  • Llanelli (Ffwrnes Theatre, SA15 3YE) 10am to 8pm on Thursday 17 June, Friday 18 June, Saturday 19 June and Sunday 20 June
  • Tenby (Tenby Leisure Centre, SA70 8EJ) 10am to 8pm on Sunday 20 June

Second dose walk-in vaccine clinics

Please attend one of the following second dose walk-in clinic if you had a first dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine on or before 25 April:

  • Carmarthen (drive-in only - United Counties Showground, SA33 5DR) 10am to 8pm on Thursday 17 June and Friday 18 June
  • Tenby (Tenby Leisure Centre, SA70 8EJ) 10am to 8pm on Friday 18 June and Saturday 19 June

Vaccines will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. There is no need to contact the health board to book an appointment. If you have a scheduled appointment for those dates, please keep your appointment time. If you have already registered using our online form, you are still welcome to attend the walk-in clinic.

If you or someone you know is unable to use an online form, please contact our booking team on 0300 303 8322.

 

Important: By travelling to a centre, you accept there is a risk that all vaccines will be allocated before you arrive. If you arrive after all the vaccines are allocated, we will take your contact details and add you to our reserve list.

 

Help for learners to take their next steps as Wales moves forward

Jeremy Miles, the Minister for Education and Welsh Language, has published the Welsh Government’s Renew and Reform plan for education.

The plan sets out how the Welsh Government will use £150 million in additional investment in 2021-22 to continue to support learners, teachers and staff at all levels to help the education system in Wales recover following the pandemic.

More information

 

Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 22 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

Pontyberem Covid-19 cluster

A small cluster of Covid-19 cases has been identified in the Pontyberem area. At present there are 18 cases (correct as at 09/06/21) which are linked to known social gatherings or where the virus has been passed between people living together.

More information

First Minister confirms phased move to alert level one

Up to 30 people will be able to meet outdoors and large outdoor activities will be able to take place from Monday, as Wales moves into alert level one. 

The size of extended households can be increased to up to three households, and a further household with a single adult or single adult with caring responsibilities will also be able to join.

The move to alert level one will be phased, with outdoor events opening first. Ministers will review the public health situation again, ahead of June 21, to determine whether indoor events can restart.

The first phase of the move to alert level one means that from Monday June 7:

  • Up to 30 people can meet outdoors, including in private gardens, outdoor hospitality and public places
  • Larger outdoor organised gatherings and events, such as concerts, football matches and sporting activities, like organised running groups can go ahead for up to 4,000 people standing and 10,000 people seated. All organisers planning events and activities must undertake a full risk assessment and put in place measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, including social distancing

The Welsh Government will consider further changes to the regulations on indoor activity later in the month, if public health conditions allow.

These include:

  • Rule of six for meeting indoors in private homes and holiday accommodation 
  • Increased numbers for indoor organised gatherings and indoor events
  • Opening ice skating rinks

Full Welsh Government statement

Now open - Economic Resilience Fund

The Welsh Government is making a further package of business support available through the Economic Resilience Fund (ERF).

The ERF will provide support in the form of cash grants for businesses, social enterprises and charities and associated supply chain businesses that have been affected financially as a result of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

The grants will help meet operating costs (excluding staff wages) directly impacted by the restrictions in place for the period from May 1, 2021 to June 30, 2021.

The grant is open to applications in Carmarthenshire from noon on June 3 and will close at 5pm on June 30.

More information

 

Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 21 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

Contact tracing in Wales extended until March 2022

A further £32m will be invested to extend contact tracing to March 2022.

Welsh Government statement

Get rapid lateral flow COVID-19 tests if you do not have symptoms

Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 20 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

Don’t forget to pack your Covid test, if you’re holidaying in Wales

Visitors are being urged to pack lateral flow tests in their suitcases if they are holidaying in Wales from areas in the UK with higher rates of coronavirus.

The First Minister has asked all visitors from Covid hotspots, including areas in England with high levels of the India variant of concern, to take extra measures to help keep Wales safe.

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Over 21 year-olds are now invited to register themselves if they wish to book a vaccine

If you live in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire and meet one of the following criteria, you can now register to request your first COVID vaccine:

  • aged 21 or over
  • aged 16 to 64 and have underlying health conditions that put you at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality
  • work in a care home or in health and social care in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire
  • are the primary unpaid carer of an elderly or disabled adult who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality, or a child with severe neuro-disabilities

We are also prioritising household contacts of adults who are immunosuppressed for vaccination. If you are aged 16 or over and a household contact of a severely immunosuppressed adult, please complete the self-referral form on the NHS website.

Registration form for first COVID vaccine

Holiday in Wales this year new Health Minister asks

The Health Minister, Eluned Morgan is encouraging people to holiday in Wales and explore its beauty this summer as the fight against COVID-19 continues.

The Welsh Government has announced residents of Wales can apply for a certificate of vaccination for urgent international travel. The certificate allows them to demonstrate they have received the full course of a COVID-19 vaccine.

More information

Economic Resilience Fund

The Welsh Government Economic Resilience Fund is now open. Eligible businesses with an annual turnover of £85k can apply on the Welsh Government website.

Eligible businesses with an annual turnover over of less than £85k will be able to apply next week via local authorities.

Welsh Government

Getting a vaccine certificate for international travel

What you need to do to get a certificate of vaccination for international travel.

Welsh Government FAQs

New freelancer fund - now open

The Welsh Government has launched the Freelancer Fund phase two to extend the support to help freelance professionals survive the economic consequences of coronavirus.

The fund can grant one-off payments of £2,500 to support freelancers in the cultural and creative sectors who continue to face financial challenges in the period from April 1, 2021 – September 30, 2021, as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. 

More information

New international travel rules for Wales confirmed by First Minister

International travel will restart for people in Wales from Monday 17 May, the Welsh Government has confirmed today.

As part of changes to Wales’ coronavirus regulations, people living in Wales will be able to travel to some overseas destinations without the need to quarantine on their return. But additional safeguards will be put in place to help prevent new cases of coronavirus being imported into Wales.

A traffic lights system, aligned with England and Scotland, will be introduced. Countries will be classified as green, amber and red, depending on their rates of coronavirus.

Mandatory quarantine is in place for all people returning to the UK from countries on the amber and red lists. All people returning from overseas travel must have a PCR test.

Wales moves to alert level 2

Wales will move into alert level 2 on Monday. The changes to the coronavirus restrictions, which will come into force from Monday 17 May include:

  • Indoor hospitality can re-open – 6 people from up to 6 households (not including children under 11) can book
  • All holiday accommodation can re-open fully
  • Entertainment venues, including cinemas, bingo halls, bowling alleys, indoor-play centres and areas, casinos, amusement arcades, and theatres can re-open. Cinemas, theatres concert halls and sports grounds can sell food and drink as long as it is consumed in a seated area for watching the performance
  • Indoor visitor attractions, including museums and galleries can re-open
  • Up to 30 people can take part in organised indoor activities and up to 50 people in organised outdoor activities. This includes wedding receptions and wakes.
  • International travel will resume

If public health conditions remain positive, the next three-week review will consider:

  • Further changes to meeting people in private homes;
  • Increasing the number of people who can meet outdoors and the number of people who can attend organised activities and events, including wedding receptions, to 50 indoors and 100 outdoors;
  • Permitting larger-scale events to take place indoors and outdoors.

Full Welsh Government statement

Covid-19 - Carmarthenshire cases

The rate of infection in Carmarthenshire currently stands at 10.6 per 100,000.

Information about rates of Covid-19 in Carmarthenshire can be found at Public Health Wales, along with a breakdown of figures at local levels.

FIND INFORMATION HERE

*Data correct as at 9am on 12/05/2021

Guidance on reopening places of worship: coronavirus

 

Guidance for tourism and hospitality businesses: coronavirus

Guidance for tourism and hospitality businesses to keep employees and visitors safe during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Unpaid carers encouraged to use rapid Covid self-test kits

Access to rapid Covid self-test kits (lateral flow tests) are now available to unpaid carers.

Each person will routinely be able to collect or have delivered two packs of seven rapid Covid self-test kits for home use. It is recommended that tests are undertaken twice a week (tested 3 – 4 days apart) with every result recorded on the UK government portal. 

People can order a test online or can collect from certain test sites across Wales, with no appointment needed. 

Welsh Government statement

Further support for Welsh businesses

Businesses in Wales still affected by coronavirus restrictions will be able to claim up to £25,000 more in support to help meet ongoing costs, First Minister Mark Drakeford has announced.

This next package of business support comes as the Welsh Government confirmed up to six people from six different households will be able to meet in indoor regulated settings, such as cafes and pubs, when they open from May 17.

This latest support package will help those businesses, which remain affected by restrictions, to meet ongoing costs through to the end of June as they prepare for re-opening and more normal trading conditions.

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Wales pilot test events get underway

As the coronavirus restrictions continue to relax in Wales, Welsh Government has announced a proposed list of pilot test events to take place over the forthcoming weeks.

More information

UK CMOs agree to lower UK COVID-19 alert level

Statement from UK CMOs lowering the UK COVID-19 alert level from level 4 to level 3.

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People aged over 30 asked to contact health board for first Covid vaccination

Hywel Dda University Health Board is asking anyone aged over 30 living in Carmarthenshire to contact the health board if they have not yet received a first Covid-19 vaccine appointment.

If you are aged 30 to 49 and have not received an appointment, please contact the health board as soon as possible.

You can cancel or rearrange a current appointment, by phoning the health board on 0300 303 8322.

Full statement

Coronavirus restrictions relaxations confirmed

The Welsh Government has confirmed changes to the coronavirus restrictions in Wales from Monday, May 3.

From Monday, May 3:

  • Gyms, fitness facilities, leisure centres, spas and swimming pools can reopen
  • Extended households will be possible, allowing 2 households to come together to form an exclusive bubble who can meet and have contact indoors
  • Organised children’s indoor activities can recommence, such as sporting, cultural and wider recreational groups and clubs. Children’s birthday parties, or wider gatherings of families and friends in private homes are still not allowed
  • Organised indoor activities for adults can also recommence for up to 15 people, including, exercise classes and swimming lessons
  • Community centres can reopen.

This means Wales will have completed the move to Alert Level 3 by May 3. The next review of the coronavirus restrictions is due by 13 May.

Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 16 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

Covid-19 - Carmarthenshire cases

The rate of infection in Carmarthenshire currently stands at 10.1 per 100,000.

Information about rates of Covid-19 in Carmarthenshire can be found at Public Health Wales, along with a breakdown of figures at local levels.

FIND INFORMATION HERE

*Data correct as at 9am on 29/04/2021

Free school meal payments

Payments to families in receipt of free school meals will continue to be made during school holidays.

The payment relating to the one day Bank Holiday on Monday, May 3 will be included with the week’s payment for the half-term holiday which starts on Monday, May 31.

Payment for the six days i.e., £23.40 per eligible child (£3.90 + £19.50) will be made in advance of the half-term holiday.

Lateral flow self-test kits

From Monday April 26, volunteers and those who are unable to work from home can order a lateral flow self-test kit to be delivered direct to their home. Lateral flow self-tests are also available to collect from certain test sites across Wales, no appointment is needed.

Each person will routinely be able to collect or have delivered 2 packs of 7 LFD self-test kits for home use.

Welsh Government statement

Further coronavirus restriction relaxations brought forward

The Welsh Government has confirmed further relaxations will be brought forward from May 17 to May 3. This means Wales will have completed the move to Alert Level 3 by Monday May 3.

From Saturday April 24, the rule of six will allow for up to six people from six households to meet outdoors, not including children under 11 years of age or carers from those households.

From Monday April 26, outdoor attractions, including outdoor swimming pools, funfairs and theme parks, will be allowed to reopen, while outdoor hospitality can also resume, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants. Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people will be able to take place and weddings receptions can begin again outdoors for up to 30 people. Guidance on care home visits has been amended to provide for the number of designated indoor visitors to be increased from one to two and to give more flexibility around visits from young children.

Changes from Monday 3 May:

  • Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities being able to reopen
  • People will also again be able to form extended households with one other household.

Relaxations planned for 17 May will be brought forward to the 3 May, including:

  • The resumption of indoor supervised activities for children
  • Indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults (such as exercise classes and swimming lessons)
  • And the re-opening of community centres.

Full Welsh Government statement

Covid-19 - Carmarthenshire cases

The rate of infection in Carmarthenshire currently stands at 6.4 per 100,000.

Information about rates of Covid-19 in Carmarthenshire can be found at Public Health Wales, along with a breakdown of figures at local levels.

FIND INFORMATION HERE

*Data correct as at 9am on 21/04/2021

Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 15 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

Outdoor hospitality

The First Minister has confirmed outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday April 26, 2021.

Guidance for the sector is available on the UK Hospitality website.

UK Hospitality

Arrangements for private candidates for 2021 examinations

If you are a private candidate undertaking GCSE, AS and A levels this summer there are two possible routes you can take to be assessed for qualifications:

  • Centre-assessed route: If you know a school or college that has already agreed to enter you for a qualification and carry out assessment of your work, this can continue as planned.
  • Centre-hosted route: If you do not know a school or college, then you will need to register with a host centre that can enter you for your qualification with WJEC – the deadline for this is April 26.

More information and how to register

Outdoor hospitality given go-ahead to reopen and rules on mixing outdoors relaxed in Wales

Six people will be able to meet outdoors in Wales from Saturday, April 24 while outdoor hospitality will be allowed to reopen from Monday, April 26 as cases of new COVID-19 infections continue to fall, Welsh Government has confirmed.

The current rule provides for up to six people (not including children under 11 years of age or carers) from a maximum of two households to meet outdoors. The new rules from Saturday will allow six people (not including children under 11 years of age or carers) to meet outdoors.

People should observe social distancing from people from outside their household or support bubble when meeting others outside.

The rules for meeting indoors remain unchanged.

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Lateral flow testing in schools

Welsh Government has announced that it is extending the lateral flow testing (LFT) offer to all secondary school pupils from year 7 upwards.

The number of LFTs available is being increased to support this expansion, starting from the week commencing April 19.

More information

Covid-19 - Carmarthenshire cases

The rate of infection in Carmarthenshire currently stands at 9.5 per 100,000.

Information about rates of Covid-19 in Carmarthenshire can be found at Public Health Wales, along with a breakdown of figures at local levels.

FIND INFORMATION HERE

*Data correct as at 9am on 15/04/2021

Lateral flow self-tests

All those who cannot work from home are being encouraged to access lateral flow self-test kits as they are rolled out across Wales. 

Anyone who is required to physically go into their workplace can, if they wish, collect lateral flow device (LFD) testing kits from the sites listed below. There is no need to book an appointment, as these can be collected between 9.30am and 12.30pm (8.00am-1.00pm in Carmarthen), seven days a week:

  • Carmarthen - Carmarthen Showground Site, Nant-y-Ci, Carmarthen, SA33 5DR (drive-through only)
  • Llanelli - Dafen Yard, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA14 8QW (drive-through and walk-in)

If the LFD test result is negative, the individual is safe to attend work.

Welsh Government statement

Health Board Statement

Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 14 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

First COVID vaccine

Hywel Dda University Health Board (UHB) is asking eligible people living in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire to get in touch if they have not received a first COVID vaccine appointment. 

If one or more of the following applies to you and you have not received your first vaccine appointment, please contact the health board on 0300 303 8322 or by email COVIDenquiries.hdd@wales.nhs.uk by Friday 16 April: 

  • are aged 50 or over
  • are aged 16 to 64 and have underlying health conditionsthat put you at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality
  • work in a care home or in health and social care in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire
  • are the primary unpaid carer of an elderly or disabled adult who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality, or a child with severe neuro-disabilities 

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Covid-19 - Carmarthenshire cases

The rate of infection in Carmarthenshire currently stands at 15.9 per 100,000.

Information about rates of Covid-19 in Carmarthenshire can be found at Public Health Wales, along with a breakdown of figures at local levels.

FIND INFORMATION HERE

*Data correct as at 9am on 08/04/2021

Covid-19 restriction relaxations in Wales brought forward

The Welsh Government will be accelerating elements of its programme to relax COVID-19 restrictions as cases of new infections continue to fall across Wales.

The First Minister last week set out a detailed timetable for moving Wales firmly into alert level three. But some of these measures will now be introduced sooner than planned as cases have fallen markedly from 37 cases per 100,000 people to fewer than 21 per 100,000 this week.

Welsh Government statement

Situation updates prior to January 1, 2021

Situation updates prior to January 1, 2021, have now been archived. If you are looking for a particular update that has now been archived, please contact us.

Third Covid-19 vaccine arrives in Wales

Elle Taylor, an unpaid carer from Ammanford, became the first person in the UK to receive the Moderna vaccine at Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen today. 

Speaking after receiving the vaccine, the 24-year-old said: “I'm very excited and very happy. I'm an unpaid carer for my grandmother so it is very important to me that I get it, so I can care for her properly and safely. My grandmother has had her first dose and she is going for her second dose on Saturday.”

Full story

Weekly Hywel Dda UHB vaccine bulletin

Every week Hywel Dda UHB publish a vaccine bulletin, providing up-to-date information regarding the progress of the Covid-19 Mass Vaccination Programme across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

ISSUE 12 IS AVAILABLE TO READ

Covid-19 - Carmarthenshire cases

The rate of infection in Carmarthenshire currently stands at 22.8 per 100,000.

Information about rates of Covid-19 in Carmarthenshire can be found at Public Health Wales, along with a breakdown of figures at local levels.

FIND INFORMATION HERE

*Data correct as at 9am on 31/03/2021

Plans to further relax Covid restrictions

The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, is today setting out a series of measures that will take Wales fully into Alert Level 3 by 17th May.

Should public health conditions remain favourable, from Monday 12th April, the following relaxations can go ahead:

  • The full return of children to schools for face-to-face education, all post-16 learners will return to further education and training centres, and university campus’ will be able to open for blended face-to-face/online learning for all students;
  • All remaining shops can reopen, completing the phased reopening of non-essential retail;
  • All remaining close contact services can open, including mobile services;
  • Travel restrictions on traveling into and out of Wales will be lifted. However, restrictions on travel to countries outside the Common Travel Area without a reasonable excuse, remain in place. The Common Travel Area means the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland;
  • Viewings at wedding venues can resume by appointment;
  • Outdoor canvassing for elections can begin.

The Welsh Government is also signalling further changes it aims to confirm at the 22 April review, subject to public health conditions and final confirmation by Ministers, which would see outdoor attractions and outdoor hospitality reopen, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants on Monday 26 April.

By early May, plans include allowing organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people to take place, and for gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities to reopen for individual or one-to-one training but not exercise classes.

Full Welsh Government statement

Public transport during the fire-break

There will be reductions or withdrawals to services operated by First Cymru and New Adventure Travel. Please check timetables with the bus company. Public transport is only being provided to allow you to make essential journeys – please do not travel unless you need to.

 

Open / Closed / Restrictions in place

Welsh Government Education update following the First Minister’s press conference

For learners, in schools and in further education colleges there will be an opportunity to sit core GCSEs in English Language, Mathematics, Mathematics-Numeracy and Welsh Language in November 2020 as planned. Other qualifications will be available in January 2021 and as part of the summer 2021 series.

This is so that those learners due to take GCSEs will be able to continue with their education with the minimum possible disruption, under the circumstances. This also applies to learners due to sit their university entrance exams. More information on the website.

Further operational guidance to support centres (i.e. schools and colleges) on the safe running of the exam series will be published on Monday.

As the First Minister said today, keeping schools open is a top priority for the Welsh Government and we’ll do everything we can to maximise education and minimise disruption.

However, we face some incredibly difficult decisions to bring the virus under control - ministers will meet over the weekend to discuss a fire-break.

As always, I will update you about matters involving education.