Over 80 per cent of eligible people in the south-west have now had their COVID-19 booster jab, which is excellent. It means that we are much better placed as the Omicron variant drives up COVID-19 cases. Earlier this week the Prime Minister said that 90 per cent of patients in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) across the country are unvaccinated and 60 per cent have not had their booster jab.
January is always a busy time for the health and care system and this year is definitely no exception, and in Devon we anticipate a very busy few weeks ahead.
While cases locally are lower than many other parts of the country, they are still far higher than at previous times in the pandemic. As a result, health and social care services are being impacted by an increase in the number of people in hospital with COVID-19 and the number of staff off work due to the virus, in addition to the winter pressures seen in a normal year.
There is plenty of capacity for walk-ins and booked appointments in Devon so anyone who has not come forward is urged to Get Boosted Now to protect against Omicron. All adults can now have their booster dose three months after their second dose.
Details of walk-in clinics are being regularly shared on NHS Devon CCG’s Twitter channel. You can find your nearest walk-in clinic on NHS England’s site finder and appointments can be booked via the National Booking System.
Dr Michael Marsh, South West Medical Director NHS England and NHS Improvement, said:
“Why not start the New Year with a resolution to keep
healthy and get a life-saving booster jab. It’s the best way to protect
yourself and your loved ones against Omicron. Also if you haven’t had your first or second dose yet, please come forward as it’s not too late and we would be pleased to see you.”