Bay Jab Army praised in latest Covid battle

Riviera International Conference Centre

Riviera International Conference Centre - Credit: Submitted

GP practices, health and care workers and volunteers have risen magnificently to the challenge to vaccinate the population of Torbay against COVID-19. 

Staff at the clinics at the Riviera International Conference Centre have vaccinated 'phenomenal' numbers.

In the coming weeks there will be more people ready for their booster dose, or people who have missed their first or second dose. 

To ensure vaccinations are available to all who are eligible, Torbay Council and Devon Clinical Commissioning Group are now planning a further series of pop-up vaccination clinics across the Bay.

These clinics will complement the ongoing appointment and walk-in sessions at the RIC.

Dates planned include weekdays and Saturdays. They run from 11am to 5pm:

  • Thursday January 13: Abbey Hall, Abbey Road, Torquay, TQ2 5SP

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  • Saturday January 15: Scala Hall, New Road, Brixham, TQ5 8TA

  • Wednesday January 19: Abbey Hall, Abbey Road, Torquay, TQ2 5SP

  • Friday January 21: Acorn Centre, Lummaton Cross, Torquay, TQ2 8ET

  • Saturday January 29: Scala Hall, New Road, Brixham, TQ5 8TA

  • Friday February 11: Abbey Hall, Abbey Road, Torquay, TQ2 5SP
  • Saturday February 12: Scala Hall, New Road, Brixham, TQ5 8TA

Dates for Paignton pop-ups are due to be confirmed soon.

The sessions are open to over 16s only. Children aged 12 to 15 can use the National Booking Service to make an appointment at the RIC if they have not received one in school.

Councillor Jackie Stockman

Jackie Stockman - Credit: Torbay Council

Cllr Jackie Stockman, Cabinet Member for Adults and Public Health, said: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to work with the Devon CCG to hold further pop-up clinics. The ones we ran in the autumn were hugely successful. It’s important that we’re able to offer these in venues close to areas where people live and work.

"We need to make it as easy as possible for everyone to access a vaccination clinic – whether it’s for a first, second or booster shot. Vaccines remain the strongest defence in our fight against COVID-19 and I would encourage anyone who hasn’t yet had theirs to attend one of these pop-ups.”

Torbay GP Dr Manny Austin, Lead GP for the vaccination service at the RICC, said: “I would urge anyone who hasn’t yet had their first, second or booster dose to come along to see us at the Riviera International Conference Centre or to one of the pop-up clinics. Make it your new year’s resolution to have the vaccine, so you don’t start 2022 with COVID-19.”