Four vaccination centres closed due to ‘adverse weather conditions’

Four community vaccination centres have been closed temporarily due to adverse weather conditions, a health board has said.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board made the announcement in a statement on Saturday evening hours before another Met Office weather warning for snow is due to come into effect in Wales.

The closure effects four community vaccination centres in Bridgend, Rhondda, Abercynon and Merthyr Tydfil.

The health board said the decision was made following safety concerns for the vulnerable groups who are currently receiving their vaccinations.

Throughout Saturday, staff have been contacting patients to bring forward or reschedule appointments.

A spokesperson for Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board said: “Due to adverse weather warnings starting this evening (Saturday Jan 23) and into Monday, we have taken the decision to temporarily close our four community vaccination centres located at Bridgend, the Rhondda, Abercynon and Merthyr Tydfil for safety reasons.

“Throughout the day today, we have been contacting those who have been booked in directly to either bring forward their appointment or to re-schedule appointments.

“For queries related to Sunday vaccination appointments, please call the number detailed on the appointment letter. There is also a dedicated section on our website including Frequently Asked Questions.

“We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment this may cause however the safety of our most vulnerable vaccination group is of priority.

“Thank you for your co-operation in this matter and further updates will be provided in due course following weather updates.”

The health board directed patients to further information which can found on their website here.

The Met Office issued a warning for snow and ice on Friday evening. The warning has been in place since 4pm on Friday until 10.30pm on Saturday night.

However, another warning for snow and ice has been issued for most of Wales, and covers all of south Wales, from 3am on Sunday morning, until 6pm that evening.

The Met Office has warned that some places will see as much as five to 10cm of snow.

Forecasters have warned people to expect travel delays on some roads which could leave vehicles and passengers stranded.

People also being told to be alert for travel delays and cancellations, power cuts and some rural communities could become cut off.

The weather forecast for Saturday evening reads: “A largely dry evening across the country with long clear spells especially in the southern areas.

“Remaining dry overnight with clouds developing. Band of rain arriving during the early hours accompanied with snow. Feeling cold. Minimum temperature -4 °C.”

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