This time-lapse video shows the fast-paced effort that went into setting up the Covid-19 mass vaccination centre at Westpoint, near Exeter.
Event venue Westpoint Exeter, in Clyst St Mary, and the Mayflower grandstand, at Plymouth Argyle Football Club Home Park stadium, opened at the end of January bringing the national total of mass vaccine sites to 50.
Scores of people and volunteers were involved in the quick set-up of the Exeter and East Devon-based large-scale vaccine centre.
Suzanne Tracey, Chief Executive of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital 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.”
She added: “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.”
The mass vaccination site at Westpoint Exeter is being managed by the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E).
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.
Richard Maunder, Chief Executive at Westpoint Exeter, said the Devon County Agricultural Association was ‘delighted’ to be supporting the national effort while also helping the community.
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 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.
- 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.