Anniversary sees over 2 million Covid jabbed across county

Torbay Weekly

In just one year, more than 2.2 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been given across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay at 43 vaccine clinic sites and over 160 outreach clinics.

Over the past 12 months, people have been vaccinated in sports grounds, pharmacies, pubs, hospitals, leisure centres and places of worship.

The most recent published figures show that between the start of the vaccination programme, on 8 December 2020, and 28 November 2021 968,574 first doses have been given in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay, 896,315 second doses and 368,781 third and booster doses. A total of 2,234,676 doses, with more than 50,000 doses currently being administered each week.

NHS Devon’s Chief Nurse Darryn Allcorn said, “I want to thank every single one of the incredible staff and volunteers who have worked long hours, sometimes in awful weather, to make this vaccine programme such a success. You really are amazing.

“Thank you also to everyone who has taken up the offer to have the vaccine.  You are helping to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and the pressure on the NHS. If you haven’t yet taken up the offer, you are still welcome at our vaccine clinics.”

Many Devon residents have volunteered to support the vaccine programme; 3,224 volunteers have clocked up 145,000 hours between them at Exeter’s Greendale and Westpoint sites and Home Park in Plymouth.

Volunteer Ian Aspinall has completed more than 200 shifts in Exeter’s vaccine sites at Greendale and formerly Westpoint. Ian said: “You meet some lovely people in what is hopefully a once in a lifetime occurrence.

“I feel pride stepping up for queen and country and working alongside some fantastic volunteers, NHS staff and others. At the end of the day, it’s the reward of seeing people come through a lifesaving experience.”

It’s not too late for people who haven’t yet had a first, second or booster dose if they are eligible.

Details of walk-in clinics are being regularly shared on NHS Devon CCG’s social media pages. You can find your nearest walk-in clinic on NHS England’s site finder here. Appointments can be booked via the National Booking System.