North Wales is above the Welsh average in Covid-19 vaccination booster jabs according to Betsi Cadwaladr University Health board.

In the latest round of statistics published by Public Health Wales (Wednesday 12 January), 1,749,752 people across Wales have received their booster jab.

People are continuing to be encouraged to use the drop-in vaccine clinics, when possible, for their first, second and booster jabs. People eligible for these jabs will be receiving texts and recommended to visit their local drop-in clinic.

Gill Harris, the Executive Director of Integrated Clinical Delivery said: “To date, we’ve administered a booster jab to 78 per cent of eligible adults, putting us slightly ahead of the Welsh average.

“Despite this success, there are still around 100,000 people eligible for a booster who have yet to come forward. I urge these people to remember that two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine do not offer strong protection against symptomatic infection from the Omicron variant. A booster jab will build your antibodies – providing up to 70 per cent protection.”

The health board is also offering two doses of the vaccine to a small group of children aged 5-11 who are in clinical risk groups and those who are a household contact of someone who is immunosuppressed.

This will be from January 22, once further information has been received on the required dosage.

This has come following the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommending offering two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to 5-11 year olds in these groups.