Newly-opened Devon mass vaccine centres to jab ‘tens of thousands’ in the coming weeks

Thousands more coronavirus jab will now be given every week in Devon after two mass vaccination centres opened in the county on Tuesday (January 26).

Event venue Westpoint Exeter, in Clyst St Mary, and the Mayflower grandstand, at Plymouth Argyle Football Club Home Park stadium, are among six sites launching across the South West – bringing the national total to 50.

The new Devon sites are expected to vaccinate tens of thousands of local people in coming weeks.

The Westpoint Exeter and Home Park sites mean thousands more vaccinations will be given every week in Devon – giving local people a wider choice of options when they receive their invitation for an appointment.

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

You do not need to contact the NHS for a jab, or turn up, as vaccinations are given after an invitation to attend is received.

The mass vaccination site at Westpoint Exeter is being managed by the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E).

Suzanne Tracey, Chief Executive of the RD&E and Northern Devon Healthcare Trust said: “Hundreds of people from different sectors have worked tirelessly to bring this centre together at a remarkable speed, and I’d like to thank each and every one of them for helping us to protect our communities against Covid-19.

“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.

“Although there is light at the end of the tunnel, cases of Covid-19 in the community remain high, and so it’s really important that we continue to observe the national lockdown, staying at home unless for work, exercise or essential activities.”

Richard Maunder, Chief Executive at Westpoint Exeter, said: “Westpoint, Exeter, with its easy access and parking, is perfectly located to be used as a mass vaccination centre.

“The Devon County Agricultural Association is delighted to be supporting the national effort while also helping our local community.”

The site at Clyst St Mary was set up by the NHS with support from a team of volunteers from Network Rail, whose workers also pitched in last year to help assemble the NHS Nightingale Hospital in Exeter.

Darryn Allcorn, Lead Chief Nurse for Devon, and Chief Nurse at Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Every time someone in Devon is vaccinated, it brings us a small step closer to the end of the pandemic.

“These two new sites will deliver thousands of vaccinations each week, initially bringing reassurance, safety and peace of mind for those receiving the jab, and in time, when restrictions are lifted, the confidence and safety to get back to normal life.”

He added: “Well done and thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to make these sites happen in such a short space of time.”

“Centres will be staffed by specially trained vaccinators and support staff, with help from dozens of volunteers, with more being sought to help out in coming weeks.”

The Home Park site will be managed by University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, which runs the city’s Derriford Hospital.

  • Be part of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history. Volunteer stewards and marshals are needed help manage patient flow and direct the public at the Westpoint and Home Park sites. The flexible four-hour shifts range from 8am-12pm, 12pm-4pm, and 4pm 8pm, seven days per week. To register, fill in the application form here.

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