NEXT week we aim to have offered a first dose of the Covid vaccine to everyone over the age of 18 in Wales.
That is an extraordinary achievement of our NHS and everyone coming forward to get vaccinated, making us one the fastest country’s in the world.
There are lots of positive signs that Coronavirus is under control, but there are also some early warning signs of a third wave building, so we are continuing to take a cautious approach to easing restrictions.
We are moving from Alert Level Two into Alert Level One in two steps. You can now meet up with up to 30 people outdoors, including in a private garden. We’ve also eased rules around outdoor events, allowing some fans to go and watch the Scarlets final match this season. You can also now form an extended household with two other households, meaning up to three families can now meet indoors at home.
The common theme here is we want people to make the most of the Summer weather and mix outdoors as much as possible. The risk of infection is nearly twenty times lower outdoors than it is indoors. And whilst we wait to gather more data on the Delta or Indian variant, specifically whether the vaccines have broken the link between rising cases and hospitalisations, we do not want to throw away the gains we have all made.
All being well, at the end of the month we will move fully into Alert Level One and make further easements on indoor mixing. And by September we aim to have offered all adults their crucial second dose of the vaccine.
It’s heart-warming to see people out and about again in Llanelli, and with smiles on their faces. We’ve come a long way since the Winter, and I hope we don’t ever go back there, but it’s on us all to keep doing our bit and to keep Wales safe.