coronavirus

Confused about booster jabs and flu vaccines? Here’s what you need to know

People in Devon are reminded to get their COVID and flu vaccinations to give themselves the best possible protection against these deadly illnesses this winter.

The COVID jab does not protect against flu so it is vital to have both vaccinations to reduce your chances of becoming unwell and needing hospital treatment. Getting vaccinated helps you and the NHS, which is already facing...

It’s not too late to have your Covid-19 vaccine first or second dose

People in Devon are being reminded it’s not too late to get their first or second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Having both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others from Covid-19 and the potential long term effects. After the second dose your chances of developing Long Covid halve; according to a study by King’s College London . It also...

Devon’s health and care system under extreme pressure

Devon’s health and social care system is under extreme pressure due to high demand for services, sustained demand for Covid beds, pressure on staffing and the need for social care exceeding the available capacity.

Pressures are being seen across the system, in mental health care, primary care (GPs) and adult social care as well as our acute hospital trusts.

Dr Paul Johnson,...

Booster vaccination programme begins in Devon

The first Covid-19 booster vaccinations have been administered in Devon.

Roy Warnes was among the first to have his booster dose at the Home Park vaccination site. Roy has volunteered at Home Park since it opened and explained why it was so important to get his booster vaccination today: “I think some people are getting a bit blasé and taking less care. I would say don’t hesitate to...

Devon designated an 'enhanced response area'

The Government has this afternoon designated Devon, Cornwall, Plymouth, Torbay and the Isles of Scilly, an ‘enhanced response area’, in response to high case rates of coronavirus. It means additional support will be available from the Government, to those areas.

Public Health Devon has welcomed the county’s escalation to becoming an 'enhanced response area'. Its Director of Public...

COVID-19 variant vaccine study begins in Plymouth

Volunteers in Plymouth are taking part in a study using an Oxford/AstraZeneca variant vaccine, aimed at preventing the Beta COVID-19 variant.

The University of Oxford in partnership with AstraZeneca are leading the Phase II/III study, supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), which will assess the safety and immunogenicity of the variant vaccine in both...

Healthy meal boxes delivered to families with young children across Devon

Thousands of meal boxes have again been delivered to families with young children this half term holiday week, in an initiative to help those who are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

Devon County Council first ran ‘The Goodie Box’ initiative during the Easter holidays, with incredible success. The boxes included ingredients and simple recipe ideas, and they were delivered...

Rapid coronavirus tests now available across Devon

Rapid coronavirus tests now available across Devon

Every adult in Devon is being encouraged to take a rapid, lateral flow test for coronavirus twice a week, and now they can do so in a variety of ways including through testing centres, workplaces, pharmacies, or home delivery .

The tests are fast and convenient, and results are usually available within the hour.

Rapid lateral flow tests are for people who show no symptoms of...

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Get your vaccination now while there are thousands of spaces

People in Devon who are eligible for a coronavirus vaccine are being urged to book an appointment before the end of March while there are thousands of spaces available.

Everyone aged 50 and above, people with underlying health conditions or health and care workers are among those now eligible for a vaccination.

They are being encouraged to book an appointment for a first...

Message from Devon on getting the Coronavirus vaccine

"I didn’t even feel the needle go in!” - A message from Devon on getting the Coronavirus vaccine

Getting the Coronavirus vaccine - A Message from Devon aims to reassure people about both having the vaccination and the process of attending a centre. It encourages others to take up the opportunity when they are invited.

“Absolutely brilliant,” is how patient Gloria Brinicombe described the experience, “not in pain, beautifully done, very quick, very easy and everything was done...

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