The UK will begin rolling out the coronavirus vaccine produced by Moderna on Wednesday, making it the third shot in circulation in the country.
The Welsh Government said the vaccine would first be distributed in West Wales and that 5,000 doses would be sent to vaccination centers in the Hywel Dda University Health Board area.
“This is another important milestone in our fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. A third vaccine for use in Wales contributes significantly to our defense against coronavirus and will help protect our most vulnerable, ”said Welsh Health Minister Vaughan Gething in a statement.
“Any vaccine given to anyone in Wales is a small victory against the virus and we would encourage everyone to go after their vaccine when invited.”
The UK already distributes vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca. The delivery of the Moderna vaccine takes place approximately two weeks earlier than expected.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he hopes to fully reopen the UK economy on June 21 pending the success of vaccine distribution.
The government announced on Tuesday that three out of five adult adults in the UK have received at least one dose. However, Johnson has had to allay concerns about the AstraZeneca shot, while the UK drug regulator probed scattered cases of blood clots in adults.