coronavirus

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...

NHS in Devon working with local Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities to increase vaccine up-take

The NHS in Devon is supporting people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities (BAME) to take up a potentially life-saving coronavirus vaccination when they are eligible as part of the national programme.

Like other areas of the country, take-up of the vaccination in Devon among some BAME communities is lower than in the overall population.

In Devon, early data...

Testing will be the cornerstone of our way out of COVID-19

Testing for coronavirus is going to be the cornerstone of our transition back to normal life, Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon, has declared.

With schools and colleges opening up again, and restrictions set to gradually ease over coming weeks and months – subject to the latest data at the time – testing is going to be a vital part of keeping case numbers down, he explains...

Rapid test centre opens in Tiverton this Saturday

Devon's third community testing centre, offering rapid coronavirus tests that provide results within the hour, opens in Tiverton on Saturday and is now taking bookings.

It's in the car park of Tiverton's Exe Valley Leisure Centre in Bolham Road, Tiverton, Mid Devon, and will be open from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week with extended hours 7am to 7pm Mondays and Thursdays.

It...

New council officers will help post-lockdown reopening of East Devon high streets

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has employed new officers to help High Street businesses reopen safely and follow Covid-19 guidelines.

Whilst Covid has closed down our thriving centres, we are now on a journey of transition, dedicated to reopening shops, restaurants and community venues in a safe and sustainable way.

EDDC’s new ‘Covid Compliance Officers’, Andy Squires...

Cautious welcome to PM's roadmap

The Prime Minister's announcement to the House of Commons this afternoon has been met with a cautious welcome by Devon's Director of Public Health, and Devon County Council’s Leader and Cabinet Member responsible for schools.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a series of steps, a roadmap, to Ministers today (Monday 22 February), in which he sets out the principles of transition...

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