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Remain vigilant and comply with restrictions. Meet outdoors, let fresh air in, get tested when needed and get vaccinated when offered.

To find out the latest information and advice about coronavirus in Torbay see our coronavirus section.

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Information on the NHS vaccine delivery plan

The NHS has a clear vaccine delivery plan and will contact local people when it's their turn to get the vaccine.

Those at most at risk from severe illness and complications from COVID-19 have been prioritised. In addition, NHS and social care workers are also in a priority cohort so that they are able to work safely.

The NHS will let you know when it is your turn to have the vaccine. It is important to wait to be contacted by the NHS. Please do not to contact the NHS to ask about vaccination before then. Blocking GP and hospital phone lines with appointment queries stops other people getting healthcare and diverts staff time, meaning the vaccine rollout will be slower.

When you get your call from the NHS for your vaccine, please take up your appointment for your first dose. Everyone will receive their second dose within 12 weeks of their first, in line with national guidance.

More information is available on the NHS website and from the Devon Clinical Commissioning Group.

The full priority list is available on the GOV.UK website.

Are the vaccines safe?

Both the Pfizer and Oxford vaccines have been approved for use in the UK and have been through rigorous tests and approval processes to prove they are safe and effective.

They have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). More information on safety is available on the NHS website.

You can read about the regulatory approval of the Pfitzer/BioNTech vaccine and the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine on GOV.UK.

Patients will not have a choice about the vaccine they receive when they are called for an appointment.

Where will the vaccine be given?

The NHS is delivering the roll-out of the vaccine programme.

Five ways to vaccination

Vaccination is offered to people in priority order, as set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.

  1. Hospital Hubs
    Torbay Hospital is vaccinating priority groups in line with national guidance.
  2. GP-led local vaccination services
    GP practices are working together in groups (called primary care networks or PCNs) to set up local vaccination centres.
  3. People who are housebound
    GP led centres are now working with community nursing teams to vaccinate people who can’t leave their house to be vaccinated, starting with the over 80s.
  4. Large-scale vaccination centres
    There are two Devon sites - Home Park, Plymouth, and Westpoint Exeter. People in Devon can be vaccinated at large-scale sites in other counties if this is more convenient, for example at Taunton Racecourse in Somerset.
  5. Selected pharmacy sites
    NHS England is running the roll-out of community pharmacy sites and is due to announce more in coming weeks.

Anyone who cannot or does not want to travel to a large site can be vaccinated by their local GP service – just wait for a call, text or letter. If you receive a letter from a large vaccination centre, it does not mean you are taken off your GP list. You do not need to let your GP know if you get vaccinated at a large-scale centre.

Torbay GP practices have come together to manage the COVID-19 vaccination service at the Riviera International Conference Centre (RICC) in Torquay. In order to help people know what to expect when they attend the centre, a patient information video has been produced.

The vaccine will also be offered more widely through large-scale vaccination centres once eligibility is extended to wider groups.

The NHS will let you know when it is your turn to have the vaccine. It is important to wait to be contacted by the NHS. Please do not to contact the NHS to ask about vaccination before then.

More information is available on the NHS website.

Will people still need to wear a mask and socially distance after getting the vaccine?

Yes. Anyone who has had the vaccine must continue to follow government guidance on ‘Hands, Face, Space’ and continue to act as if they have COVID, even after they have been vaccinated.

Where can I find more information on the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme?

The COVID-19 vaccination programme has been underway since December 2020.

More information is available from:

Contact Public Health