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Under 18s being vaccinated

The drive to vaccinate young people is intensifying with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care announcing earlier this week that all young people aged 16 to 17 in England are to be offered a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 23 August ahead of the new school year.

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Young people who turn 18 in the next three months can  book their vaccination via the national booking service online or by calling 119.

But online booking does not currently apply to 16 and 17 year olds who can get their first dose.  The NHS is contacting them to invite them to go to a local NHS service such as a GP surgery.  Some walk-in COVID-19 vaccination sites are offering the vaccine to people aged 16 and 17 and you can check available sites on line.

Children aged 12 to 15 can also get vaccinated against COVID-19 if they:

  • Live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Have a condition that means they're at high risk from COVID-19 (eg a severe problem with the brain or nerves, such as cerebral palsy; Down's syndrome; severe or multiple learning disabilities (or they're on the learning disability register); a condition that means they're more likely to get infections (such as some genetic conditions or types of cancer).

Eligible children will be contacted by a local NHS service such as their GP surgery to arrange their appointments. 

Students are also being urged to make sure they have their vaccinations before returning to University.

Evidence shows that people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 are less likely to pass the virus to others

Vaccination centre volunteers needed

The NHS in Devon is seeking more volunteers to support the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in Devon’s large vaccination centres in Plymouth and Exeter.

With many people going back to work, the NHS is looking for more volunteer marshals and stewards to help out at Greendale near Exeter and Home Park in Plymouth.

From September older age groups, those in high risk categories and frontline health and care workers are expected to be offered booster jabs.  Consequently the vaccination centres will continue to need these volunteers to carry on the work they have been doing.

More than 2,400 volunteers have already clocked up over 68,000 hours supporting the vaccination programme.

To sign up as a volunteer please click fill in a simple application form


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Properties needed for Afghan refugees

Teignbridge is working with its district partners and Devon County Council to identify suitable properties across Devon that could accommodate Afghan citizens who have worked with and for the UK forces and organisations.  As the co-ordinating authority on the settlement scheme, Devon County Council is managing the overall response and on providing support for refugees. 

Teignbridge is keen to hear from landlords who would be willing to rent flats or houses to Afghan citizens as part of the resettlement scheme, particularly in areas where there is support to help families to settle in.  We’re also awaiting further guidance from the government about how they plan to resource and support this vital and urgent need.


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Date set for return of junior exercise classes

Save the date!  Junior exercise classes are returning to Newton Abbot Leisure Centre, Dawlish Leisure Centre and Broadmeadow Sports Centre from Monday 6 September.

Our friendly and experienced instructors will be on hand to induct, guide and develop your child's ability to ensure they get the most out of their workout. Our exercise classes will teach your child the exercise basics and build your child's coordination, confidence, social skills, and more importantly, having fun with the aim to improve and develop a healthy and active lifestyle.

All junior exercise classes are included in the Jam Packed Junior Membership or you can pay as you go. For individual activity details, please visit our Teignbridge Leisure Website or app.


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PSPO consultation response deadline draws near

Our six week consultation seeking views from residents on our dog control PSPO (Public Space Protection Order) is scheduled to end on 3 September.

So if you haven't yet responded please do so before the deadline.  We'd like to know whether you want to see the PSPO retained and whether any changes should be made to it. 

The PSPO was introduced to address irresponsible dog ownership and to help keep the district clean, giving us powers to fine owners if their dog is out of control or if they don’t pick up after it.

This is always a controversial topic with strong views held by those who own dogs and those who don’t, so please take part in this survey so we can get the widest possible feedback.


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Could you help make someone’s life better?

Devon’s health and care system is under huge pressure and is urgently seeking to recruit 1,000 people to join the county’s care workforce and specifically 300 across Teignbridge and South Hams.

Families and communities are being encouraged to do all they can to help ease the pressure which is made worse by the number of staff off work self-isolating because of coronavirus or because they’re unwell.

It means vulnerable people are at risk of not receiving the care they need when they need it.   And more people are finding themselves acting as unpaid carers, looking after loved ones and friends or neighbours, in the absence of there being enough paid care staff available.

If you know someone who may be interested in making a difference please ask them to register their interest via the Proud to Care website, leaving their name, contact details and a postcode, and Devon’s recruitment team will get back to them.  Or search for the latest care job vacancies, apprenticeships and training opportunities in Devon


Vaccination requirements for care home workers, volunteers and visitors

Quarantine and testing if you’ve been in an amber list country

The Government this week updated the travel guidance on quarantine and testing for people who have been in an amber list country, providing additional information on what to do if someone is notified by NHS Test and Trace that they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid.

People who have a duty to quarantine at home following international travel must travel directly to the place they are staying and remain in quarantine for 10 days, with day one starting the day after arrival. They must also take PCR tests on day two and day eight after they arrive in England.

The government has produced a check list to help people understand what needs to be done if planning to travel abroad.

Changes to travelling abroad, border checks and business travel to Europe

Testing regularly protects us all

Latest Government coronavirus guidance

How to stay safe and help prevent the spread

Protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable

How to stay safe if you are pregnant

Red, amber and green list rules for entering England

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