Celeb chef Michael urges staff to get a jab

Michael Caines

Michael Caines - Credit: Archant

Michelin-starred chef Michael Caines MBE is backing a campaign by Visit Devon and the NHS encouraging people working in the hospitality industry to have the Covid-19 vaccination. 
Michael Caines is one of the UK’s most acclaimed chefs and has two Devon hospitality businesses; Lympstone Manor contemporary country house hotel overlooking the Exe Estuary, and Mickey’s Beach Bar and Restaurant in Exmouth. Both have a number of young adult workers who have only recently become eligible for the Covid-19 vaccination. 
Michael said: “As one of the sectors that have been most impacted by coronavirus, it is imperative that our employees get vaccinated to protect their colleagues and our guests to stop the spread of coronavirus.  
“With the potential relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, it is even more so important at this crucial time for our industry to be responsive to the vaccination programme to ensure the continuing reopening of the economy, our industry and the return to normality.”  
Visit Devon and the NHS locally are jointly urging people working within the hospitality industry to take up the offer of having the Covid-19 vaccination following outbreaks in other parts of the country among young people working in hospitality settings.  
Director Sally Everton said: “The last 16 months have been incredibly tough for the hospitality industry and staffing remains a constant pressure. Our businesses can’t afford to have further closures due to Covid-19 outbreaks among staff.  We urge everyone working within our local hospitality businesses to have the vaccine to protect themselves, their colleagues, their customers and the businesses themselves.”  
Devon’s Primary Care Medical Director Alex Degan said: “It is really important to take up the Covid-19 vaccination to protect yourself and your loved ones and to help end lockdown restrictions. Having both doses can protect you against circulating variants including the more transmissible Delta variant.  It also reduces your likelihood of developing Long Covid, which affects people of all ages.” 
All adults are now eligible for the vaccine. Current advice states that people aged under 40 and pregnant women should have the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Consequently, vaccination centres in Devon are now using Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for all first doses.