Mass Covid vaccination centre to open at Westpoint Exeter

A mass Covid vaccination centre is set to open at Westpoint Exeter.

The ‘large-scale’ hub at Clyst St Mary will host its first booked appointments to people aged 80 and above from Tuesday, January 26.

It is one of two announced by the NHS in Devon for the county.

The Mayflower Grandstand at Plymouth Argyle Football Club’s Home Park Stadium will host the other.

NHS chiefs say the sites mean ‘thousands more vaccinations will be given every week’ in Devon provide people have a wider choice of options when they receive their appointment invitation.

Anyone who cannot or does not want to travel to one of the sites can be vaccinated by their local GP service.

Residents have been told there is no need to contact the NHS and cannot get vaccinated by ‘just turning up’.

Darryn Allcorn, lead chief nurse for Devon and chief nurse at Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “This is great news for people in Devon.

“These two new sites will deliver thousands of vaccinations each week and everyone is working tirelessly to get the sites ready.

“I’d like to thank them for everything they have done and continue to do.”

Westpoint Exeter will be managed by the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

Chief executive Suzanne Tracey said: “If you are invited to attend an appointment here, I can reassure you that measures are in place to keep everyone safe, and our brilliant staff and volunteers will look after you while you’re with us.”

Westpoint Exeter chief executive Richard Maunder added: “The Devon County Agricultural Association is delighted to be supporting the national effort whilst also helping our local community.”

Devon’s director of public health Steve Brown said: “We’re very proud to be part of this key project.

“Vaccination is the way of out lockdown and the pandemic and the new centre in Exeter will give us more capacity to vaccinate local people in the weeks and months to come.”

The site was established by the NHS with support from a team of volunteers from

Network Rail, whose volunteers also pitched-in to help set up the NHS Nightingale Hospital in Exeter last year.

Appointments, which are offered by letter via a nationally-run booking system, are staggered to allow for social distancing and people are urged not to turn up early to avoid queues.

If anyone invited has received a jab since their letter was sent out, or would prefer to wait to be invited to attend a hospital or GP service, they can simply ignore it.

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