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Care workers urged to take up COVID-19 booster vaccine

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Domiciliary and care home staff, who had their second coronavirus vaccinations at least six months ago, are being encouraged to come forward for their booster vaccinations at the earliest opportunity, to maintain protection against COVID-19 for themselves as well as those they care for.

Steve Brown, Devon’s Director of Public Health, said

“With winter just around the corner, and the expected rise in flu cases this year on top of the usual health and social care winter pressures, it’s vital that care workers stay on top of their vaccinations.

“Making time in the working day is difficult, I know, but there are a number of ways to minimise the time it takes to get your jab.

“Frontline social care staff can book their vaccination through the National Booking System or by contacting 119, and they can make appointments at either the mass vaccination centres or there are a number of community pharmacies offering boosters. 

“Appointments can be booked from five months following their second jab, for an appointment slot timed six months after your vaccination.

“There are also a number of permanent walk-in centres and pop-up sites at locations around the county, that care staff can access.”

Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon
Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon

Recent data from the adult social care sector places Devon eight out of 152 authorities for booster vaccination take-up of care home staff working in older adult care homes, and shows Devon ranking seventh out of 152 local authorities for vaccination take-up by domiciliary care staff