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Deputy Director of Public Health appeals to younger adults to get double vaccinated

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Devon’s claim to date that case rates in the county are below the England national average is no longer possible.  

The latest data shows that Devon’s weekly case rate average is now above the national average for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.

And Exeter’s case rate in particular is among the country’s highest.

Cases are predominantly in children and younger adults, with the highest case rates in those aged 16 to 24 year olds.

“A lot of it is to be expected, with the gradual lifting of restrictions that we’ve seen over several months, and people having more opportunities to mix socially,” says Devon’s Deputy Director of Public Health, Tina Henry.

“A similar pattern is currently seen in many other cities like Exeter with a younger population profile.

“But we’re not seeing that follow through to hospitalisations, although hospitals are very busy right now. That’s largely thanks to the vaccine, which is why it’s so important to take both vaccinations when they’re offered to you.

“We’re now appealing especially to younger adults to make sure that they get double vaccinated.”

We can also all do our bit to protect ourselves, families and neighbours, by:

  • limiting our social contacts to stop the virus spreading
  • meeting others outside, because that’s safer than meeting inside
  • continuing to wear face coverings when indoors in public places
  • washing your hands properly and regularly
  • having the jab if you are an adult and haven’t yet had it. Please have both doses as soon as you can
  • self-isolating if told to do so by NHS Test and Trace
  • self-isolating and arranging a PCR test if you show any symptoms of having the virus – the high temperature, new and continuous cough, or change of your usual sense of taste or smell