Covid-19

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...

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...

Bereaved families invited to remember loved ones

A free memorial service is being held at East Devon Crematorium to remember all those who have died during the pandemic.

Organised and led by the crematorium staff, it is hoped the event will provide comfort for relatives and friends who have been bereaved during this particularly difficult and distressing time.

The Special Memorial Service at East Devon Crematorium, located...

Let’s go and make a difference: Call for more volunteers at Devon's large vaccination centres

Greendale vaccination centre volunteer Ian Aspinall has clocked up more than 100 shifts supporting the vaccine programme over the last five months. A retired police officer, he’s often there several days a week.

Ian said: “You meet some lovely people in what is hopefully a once in a lifetime occurrence. My parents endured the privations of World War Two and it was described as their...

Local NHS chief urges people to get vital second jab

As the largest ever NHS vaccination programme enters its last lap Devon’s Primary Care Medical Director Alex Degan has encouraged local residents to come forward for their first jab and remember to get their second vital and lifesaving dose.

The plea comes as people aged 40 and over are now able to book in their second jab on the national booking system from eight weeks after their...

An ‘incredible’ achievement: six months of Covid-19 vaccinations in Devon  

Devon vaccination programme marks six-month milestone

The efforts of the staff and volunteers have been hailed as ‘incredible’ as Devon’s vaccination programme marks its six-month milestone.

More than 1.3 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been given locally in the six months since 81-year-old Kathleen Viney became the first person to have the vaccination in Devon.

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Devon businesses affected by pandemic have chance to win £1,000 worth of building materials

As part of its Community Fund initiative, RGB Building Supplies is delighted to be launching a new campaign called ‘Surprise Supplies’. Every quarter, two businesses, charities, schools or community groups will receive £1,000 each to spend at an RGB branch.

RGB’s campaign aims to help organisations with projects that could remain uncompleted without the much-needed materials the...

Devon businesses affected by pandemic have chance to win £1,000 worth of building materials

As part of its Community Fund initiative, RGB Building Supplies is delighted to be launching a new campaign called ‘Surprise Supplies’. Every quarter, two businesses, charities, schools or community groups will receive £1,000 each to spend at an RGB branch.

RGB’s campaign aims to help organisations with projects that could remain uncompleted without the much-needed materials the scheme...

Appeal for volunteers to take part in COVID-19 vaccine comparison study

The research team at University Hospitals Plymouth are asking for volunteers to take part in a new COVID-19 vaccine study, which will involve participants receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.

If you are aged over 30 and in relatively good health, and have yet to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, the research team would like to invite you to sign up to take part. Anyone who is interested...

Covid-19 vaccination programme in Devon enters next phase

Vaccination programme entering phase two – covering people aged 18-49

People in the next phase of the vaccination programme will be contacted and offered an appointment at a local vaccination centre in Devon in coming weeks when their age group becomes eligible.

The vaccination programme is entering phase two as it moves to vaccinate groups 10-12, which cover people aged 18-49....

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