East Devon has county’s highest Covid booster jab rate – while Exeter has second-lowest

East Devon has the the highest Covid booster rate in the county, according to new statistics. 

Some 73.2 per cent of the district’s population aged over 12 have had the extra jab as of Monday, January 9 – the sixth-highest in England.

Exeter as the second-lowest rate in Devon at 51.7 per cent.

The national average is 62 per cent.

Covid case numbers locally are much higher than previously, so it is more important than ever to get vaccinated…

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The Covid booster jab statistics for Devon.

It follows weeks of campaigning urging the public to ‘get boosted now’ for protection against the Omicron variant of the virus.

Despite the strong take-up so far, NHS chiefs in Devon are still encouraging people who haven’t already had the vaccine to have it during ‘Jabuary’.

They say clinics in the county remain open to anyone eligible who has not yet had their first, second or booster dose.

A recent surge of Covid cases has been recorded in Devon.

NHS Devon’s chief nurse, Darryn Allcorn, said: “Covid case numbers locally are much higher than previously, so it is more important than ever to get vaccinated.

“You will always get a warm welcome from our staff and volunteers; and if you struggle to stand in queues, have a needle phobia or have any concerns please let a marshal know, so we can support you.

“Please don’t underestimate this virus. Having the vaccine, even for young people, makes you much less likely to need hospital care.”

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