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One in three in Devon jabbed up

375,000 proper have first dose

More than 375,000 people in Devon have received a coronavirus vaccine so far, at 31 per cent, it's nearly one in three of the county’s population.

In its weekly data release, NHS England has published vaccination figures by constituency for the first time.

Totnes ranks third among the 55 constituencies in the south west - which the government thinks is a massive area including Gloucestershie and Wiltshire - and where four in 10 (39 per cent) of people have received at least one dose.

The next highest figures in Devon are in Torridge and West Devon (37 per cent ), Newton Abbot and South West Devon (both 34 per cent ).

The aim is to offer every adult a jab by the end of July.

Everyone in the top four priority groups has now been offered a vaccine and invites are now going out to those in priority groups five to nine. The government has announced that the next age range will be 40 to 49 year-olds, working down to everyone over 18 before August.

The Conservative party in the south west has been making much the success of the vaccine roll-out, and say nothing about the number of people dead of suffering long covid.

Julian Ellacott, chairman of South West Conservatives, has welcomed the prime minister’s roadmap to take cautious and irreversible steps out of lockdown, which will be guided by the data and not dates. 

This week, the prime minister unveiled a list of dates when restrictions are likely to be lifted.

Mr Ellacott said: “The vaccination roll-out continues to be a great success in the south west and across the country. Over 1.7 million people in the south west have now had at least one dose – over 30% of the population – thanks to a huge team effort from NHS staff, volunteers and everyone else involved."

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