A NEW online booking system has been launched which makes it easier for people to book their first Covid jab.

A first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine has now been offered to all eligible adults in North Wales.

As of June 8, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) said 84 per cent of all eligible adults in North Wales, including 64 per-cent of 18-29 year-olds, have now had a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, while half of the eligible population have had the full protection of both doses.

The health board is now urging the 87,500 people who are yet to come forward for their vaccine to book an appointment using the new online service.

Dr Jim McGuigan, a Flintshire GP and Assistant Medical Director for the East Area of BCUHB, said: “We’re urging those who have not yet received a first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to book an appointment on our website as soon as possible.

“Vaccination provides the best protection from becoming seriously ill with Covid-19, and it is our best way to get back to normality, avoiding a potential third wave lockdown.

“Evidence shows that the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines are highly effective against the strain of the Delta variant of Covid-19 after two doses, so it’s very important that people continue to attend their second dose appointments when invited.

“As lockdown measures continue to ease, proof of vaccination may be required to enable you to enjoy a range of social activities, such as holidaying abroad, or attending concerts, festivals or sporting events.

“It’s never too late to come forward for vaccination, and we’re determined not to leave anybody behind. Please don’t worry if you’ve not able to book your appointment just yet, or you turned down the vaccine when it was first offered and have since changed your mind.

“If you have any concerns about receiving the vaccine, please book and attend your appointment, so we can take the time to discuss any concerns you have, before you decide whether or not to go ahead.”

Gill Harris, executive director of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “We’ve taken a range of actions to encourage people to come forward for vaccination and received an incredible response to the drop in clinics that have been held in recent weeks.

"Despite this success, a small number of people may have been missed by our appeals for a variety of reasons. In the coming weeks, we’ll be stepping up our efforts to ensure that nobody is left behind.

"This will include radio advertising, a social media campaign, information in the local press, and engagement with hard to reach groups in our communities.”

Those who live in and are registered with a GP in North Wales can book a Covid-19 vaccination appointment on the BCUHB website.

Visit: bcuhb.nhs.wales/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination-online-booking

Those who are unable to book online are advised to call the health board’s Covid-19 vaccination contact centre on 03000 840004.