All adults in Wales to be offered first jab by Monday


All adults in Wales will have been offered a first Covid jab by the start of next week – six weeks ahead of schedule, Welsh government has said.

Officials plan to offer second doses to adults by September, while jabs for schoolchildren and boosters for older groups may be offered in the autumn.

First Minister Mark Drakeford promised the second jab programme would be as quick as the first, if supplies allow.

Wales is ahead of other UK nations for giving first Covid vaccine doses.

But it is behind England and Scotland for fully vaccinating people.

Figures show 2.18 million people, or 86% of the adult population, have had a first dose and almost 1.25 million have had a second dose.

Wales’ case rate on Monday was 9.4 cases per 100,000, within the range of seven to 10 that it has been in since the start of May.