Snow closes four Covid vaccination centres as winter weather wreaks more havoc

Four coronavirus vaccination centres have had to close because of a snow alert.

Health officials in Wales said they closed the sites for "safety reasons", with appointments rescheduled.

A yellow weather warning for snow is in place from 3am to 9pm on Sunday for the whole of Wales except Anglesey.

The centres that have been shut are in Bridgend, Rhondda, Abercynon and Merthyr Tydfil.

The Cwm Taf Morgannwg health board said they have been shut starting on Saturday evening into Monday.

Most parts of the country are expected to get up to 3cm of snow – with up to 15cm, nearly six inches, in the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia.

Officials said people with questions about the jabs due on Sunday should call the number on their appointment letters.

It tweeted: “Due to adverse weather conditions we’ve had to take the difficult decision to close our 4 vaccination centres.

“Patients have been contacted to bring forward or re-schedule appointments.

“We’re sorry for disappointment but safety is our priority.”

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

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The Met Office has warned passengers in Wales they could see longer journeys on road, bus and train services.

Police said drivers had already experienced problems due to the falling snow on Saturday.

It comes as the UK braces itself for further snow on Sunday and a cold snap.

Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice are also in place for most of England and western Scotland on Sunday as well.

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Forecasters say temperatures could plummet as low as -10C in Scotland and -7C in England.

It will remain “cold and frosty” until Wednesday, they added.

Met Office chief forecaster Steve Willington warned ice will remain a “hazard” overnight on Saturday.

He said: “The exit of Storm Christoph – which brought the heavy rain to a central band of the UK – has established a flow of colder air from Iceland and the Arctic.

“And this is bringing a mix of wintry hazards across the UK.”

According to government figures, 5,861,351 people so far have received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine in the UK.

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