Exeter vaccine centre offering drop-in service for second jabs – this week only

For one week only, adults who are aged 40 and over can visit Exeter’s vaccination centre without having made a pre-booking to receive their second dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.

Anita Merritt www.devonlive.com 

From today (June 21) until Sunday (June 27), drop-in appointments are being offered at Greendale Business Park which became Exeter’s mass coronavirus vaccination centre last month after relocating from Westpoint.

They will be available from 8.30am to 7pm, and are only available for certain people.

Anyone within one of these groups will be eligible:

  • aged 40 or over, clinically vulnerable or extremely clinically vulnerable
  • received their first dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine at least eight weeks ago
  • has yet to make an appointment for your second dose, or missed their original appointment

Those who do attend are being advised that the centre will also be dealing with booked appointments so there will be a wait, and that it is only for second doses of Oxford AstraZeneca.

An NHS spokesperson said: “Please continue to check social media for further information, in particular whether we need to close early due to demand.”

Devon has recorded 132 new positive coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour reporting period, the newest data has revealed.

The new cases in Devon can be broken down according to council areas as follows: six in East Devon, 45 in Exeter, 10 in Mid Devon, six in North Devon, 40 in Plymouth, two in South Hams, four in Teignbridge, 11 in Torbay, eight in Torridge, and zero in West Devon.

People have been urged to take a lateral flow test twice a week if they are out and about. You can see where they are available by clicking here, and they are free.

Nationally 9,284 new cases have been recorded, making a total of 65,558 new Covid-19 cases in the past week.

Last week, Devon County Council said the largest volume of positive Covid-19 cases are among young people and the younger working age population, 20 to 39 year olds.

A spokesperson said: “It’s probably less to do with the fact they’re working – we’re not seeing an especially high number of outbreaks in workplace settings – and more likely that these age groups are just beginning to be vaccinated, so until now they haven’t been as well protected as older, already vaccinated, age groups.

“It is also likely that this is an age group that tends to mix more socially. We know that increased socialising, particularly indoors, increases the risk of transmission, and with pubs, restaurants and many other places open again, the opportunity for social contact is much more available.

“So, here’s a plea to everyone, including this younger working age population. Please be mindful. We’ve still got to be careful.

“There are still rules, especially around social distancing and face coverings indoors, and we need to follow them. And please take up the vaccination when you’re invited to do so.”

If you are eligible and wish to book a first vaccine appointment, please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination

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