New mass vaccination centre opens in Cardiff

Bayside Mass Vaccination centre opens on former Toys R Us site

A FOURTH Coronavirus mass vaccination centre has opened in Cardiff.

Bayside Mass Vaccination Centre in Grangetown is located on the site of a former Toys R Us store opposite Ice Arena Wales, and will serve residents living in Cardiff and Eastern Vale.

The facility is the fourth MVC for the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, with other centres located in Barry, Splott and Pentwyn.

Executive Director of Public Health at Cardiff and Vale University Hospital Board, Fiona Kinghorn, said: “This is the largest vaccination programme the NHS has ever been involved in and to date tremendous progress has been made.

“We are working closely with all of our partners and stakeholders to enable us to deliver the vaccine to as many people as possible as quickly as possible and have been grateful to those that have supported us through this process.”

The centre, on Olympian Drive, has capacity to provide 4,000 vaccination a day.

Wales is currently poised to be the first UK nation to scrap travel restrictions since lockdowns were re-imposed when the ‘stay-local’ rule is lifted on Saturday.

Vaccinations

In Cardiff, data trends are looking positive as the vaccination programme role out continues, with increasing numbers receiving a first dose.

In care homes, cases of coronavirus are at their lowest level since September, although tests are continuing despite the rolling out of the vaccine programme across Cardiff.

In Welsh care homes, there were 66 positive Covid tests recorded in the latest figures, down 40% from the previous week.

Older People’s Commissioner for Wales Helen Herklots said: “I welcome the latest figures that show there has been another significant drop in the number of positive Covid tests in care homes, which will be welcome news for people living and working in care homes, and their family and friends, who have endured so much during the past year.

“As society begins to slowly reopen in the weeks ahead, it will be important to monitor the impact that these changes are having on the levels of cases in care homes, so I am also pleased that testing for residents and staff is set to continue.”

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