Vaccine roll-out “a great success” in Devon

More than 375,000 people in Devon have received a coronavirus vaccine so far – 31.3% of the county’s population.

In its weekly data release, NHS England has published vaccination figures by constituency for the first time.

Totnes ranks third among the 55 constituencies in the South West, with an estimated 39.2% of its population having received at least one dose.


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...

Coronavirus vaccination programme in Devon expands to next groups

Tens of thousands more people across Devon are being contacted from this week, inviting them to make an appointment for their first coronavirus vaccination, as the programme enters a new phase.

People aged 65 and over and those who are clinically vulnerable (JCVI priority groups 5 and 6), together with an expanded group of clinically extremely vulnerable people, are now in line to...

Community testing available in Barnstaple

A second Community Testing Centre, offering rapid coronavirus tests that provide results within the hour, is opening this Wednesday, 17 February. This one in Barnstaple.

It is setting up in the car park at the town’s Taw View, Civic Centre, on North Walk road, and will be open 9am to 5pm, seven days a week, with extended hours 7am to 7pm on Mondays and Thursdays.

It will...

More hardship cash for struggling Devon residents

More hardship cash for struggling Devon residents

A new hardship fund is being set up for local people struggling with their finances as a result of the pandemic.

Devon County Council is allocating £600,000 in its budget for 2021/22 to support people who need short-term emergency assistance.

This is on top of the £1 million that was made available in the current financial year.

The new cash will be split across...

Students build visitor pod to allow supported housing residents to see their loved ones

Students and staff of City College Plymouth built and painted a brand new visitor pod for residents of Abbeyfield House in Ivybridge to safely enjoy visits from their loved ones. City College Plymouth got in touch with Abbeyfield House in late October 2020 after they saw a similar project take place on social media.

Carpentry students began building the pods for Abbeyfield House and...

Freemasons, Devon

Devon Freemasons inject volunteers to support the NHS

As a result of the call for volunteers to support the NHS Vaccination Scheme which was made back in December, Freemasons and their families from all corners of Devon picked up their Hi-Viz jackets and reported for duty as soon as they knew where they were needed.

At Torbay RICC Leisure Centre where 10 local GP practices have gathered together to centralise the administering of the...

Cornish business launches new Covid secure wedding entertainment to connect wedding guests and absent friends

With love in the air around Valentine’s Day a Cornish family business has launched a new type of wedding entertainment that can be enjoyed by guests at a wedding as well as absent friends and relatives.

Truro-based CherryTop Weddings has developed an interactive guest experience that meets Covid-19 safety rules and can also be enjoyed at bigger weddings when the regulations allow them...

Contacting the NHS in Devon to book a vaccination

The NHS in Devon is offering advice to people aged over 70 on how to contact the NHS about getting a coronavirus vaccine.

Yesterday (8 February), the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, encouraged anyone over 70 who has not yet been vaccinated to get in touch with the NHS about booking an appointment.

In Devon, there are two main ways for people aged...

Devon caseworkers

Devon's care workers 'deserve to be recognised and better paid'

Devon’s care workers need to be recognised now for their vital contribution during the COVID-19 pandemic by being better valued and rewarded, according to Devon County Council’s (DCC) Cabinet Member for Adult Health and Social Care, Councillor Andrew Leadbetter.

More care workers are needed to provide care to older people and those with disabilities or mental health needs.