Health and Wellbeing

Dr Pearson welcomes the vaccine announcement but warns against relaxing efforts to halt the spread

Nurse giving a lady an injection in her upper arm

Posted on: 10 November 2020

Dr Virginia Pearson, Director of Public Health Devon, has responded to the announcement yesterday that a vaccine could be rolled out in the first part of next year.

She said:

Dr Virginia Pearson, Director of Public Health Devon“News that a vaccine may be available sooner rather than later is exceptionally good news.

“It is however still early days, and while the announcement yesterday is tremendously positive, there is still a lot of work to do nationally before a programme of mass vaccination is possible.

“The NHS is currently putting in place plans to deliver a COVID vaccine to priority groups.

“While the announcement is positive, it is absolutely vital that we do not take this it as a green light to relax our efforts in halting the spread of coronavirus. It is imperative therefore that we continue to make every effort to follow the national public health advice, to the letter. That means, maintaining social distance, wearing face coverings when out and in enclosed spaces where social distancing is difficult, and washing our hands properly and regularly.

“We are in week two of the current national lockdown restrictions. For these restrictions to halt the rising number of positive cases, we must all follow the current rules, and only to venture out for the permitted reasons, but otherwise to minimise social contact as much as possible. Once out of the current national lockdown, we do not want additional restrictions in Devon. To avoid that, we need to remain absolutely alert to ongoing risk, at all times and in all situations.”

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