There are four main things that people in Devon can do to help the NHS give the vaccine to as many local people as possible, as quickly as possible:
Choose the Right Service for Your Needs
As GPs are now managing extra pressures from the vaccine programme. Consider self-care for minor illnesses and injuries; pharmacists for illnesses like diarrhoea, earache, painful cough, sticky eye, teething and rashes; and local minor injury services. You will still get a face-to-face appointment at your local practice if your GP thinks you need one.
Attend all Appointments
Whether it is for a vaccine, to see your GP or at hospital, unless they are personally contacted by your provider and told otherwise.
Don’t Make Things Harder for the NHS by Calling Your Local Hospital or GP Practice About Getting the Vaccine
The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn. Blocking phonelines with queries stops other people getting healthcare and diverts staff time, meaning the vaccine rollout will be slower.
Follow Government Rules
The vaccines are a wonderful development, but we are not out of the woods yet. Remember, ‘Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives’ and ‘Hands Face Space’. Act as if you have COVID, even after you’ve been vaccinated.