29 Jan 2021

Mayor of WDBC, Cllr Tony Leech, receiving his COVID-19 jab

This week, The Mayor of West Devon, Cllr Tony Leech and his wife Sue took up their offer of the Covid-19 vaccination.  

West Devon Borough Council would like to take this opportunity to remind residents that while it is fantastic to see local people like Tony getting their vaccination, COVID Infections in the Borough remain high.

The Council is therefore imploring everyone who gets offered a jab to take up the offer as Tony and Sue did.

Cllr Leech said: "I would like to thank all the doctors, nurses and volunteers at the Okehampton Medical Centre for all that they are doing to help safeguard our residents.

"The whole process is streamlined and with the help of volunteers, the local Community Transport Group and the Lions Club of Okehampton, who provide hot drinks for all those who have to wait after their injections, it was for us literally painless.

"This process is going on all over our area, and we should all be thankful to everyone who is involved. Those working in the NHS and the local practices were already stretched long before COVID came on the scene, so their dedication to us all is truly impressive.

 "I am aware that there are people who are concerned about having this vaccine, but for me and my wife, our thoughts are for the whole community, and the more protection we can give to everyone, then it will hopefully speed up the process of finally allowing us all to get back to a new normal."

This week West Devon was listed as one of 10 areas nationwide with the biggest week-on week rise in COVID- 19 cases, while other areas in Devon were seeing a fall in cases.

Cllr Neil Jory, Leader of West Devon Borough Council said: "I am so pleased to see our most at risk residents getting vaccinated.  But now, more than ever we must not rest on our laurels and think that we are safe.

"Even if you have had the first dose of the vaccination, you should still abide by the national Covid-19 restrictions. 

"We have seen a rise in cases locally, and that is very worrying.  I would like to remind everyone that we all have a part to play, whether you get called for your vaccination or you are continuing to stay at home.  There is light at the end of the tunnel, but we still have a way to go yet.  Please stay safe and follow the rules."

When it is your turn to get vaccinated the NHS will contact you. It's important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from the disease.  This week, two mass vaccination centres were launched in Devon at Plymouth Argyle FC's Home Park and Exeter's Westpoint Arena. People aged 80 and over will be the first to be invited for vaccination at one of the two new centres.

Nationwide the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals and pharmacies, at local vaccination centres run by GPs and at larger vaccination centres.

It's crucial that people continue to observe the national lockdown, staying at home unless for work, one bout of daily exercise or essential activities.

For more information on the Vaccination Programme visit: Why you have to wait for your COVID-19 vaccine - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)