East Devon and Exeter mass Covid vaccination centre to move from Westpoint to Greendale Business Park

The venue of a large-scale Covid vaccination site serving East Devon and Exeter is to switch from Westpoint to Greendale Business Park from May 7.

Residents with appointments for first and second doses will need to go to the new site on and after the date.

Westpoint is returning to its commercial events calendar following the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Clear signage will be in place to guide patients to Greendale; just over two miles from the existing hub.

Operations manager for the NHS Covid vaccination site in Exeter Leigh Mansfield said: “All appointments for first or second doses which have already been made remain valid, and it’s really important that if you have one you should continue to attend at the same time.

“From May 7 onwards, please make sure that you go to the new site at Greendale Business Park – we’ll be delighted to welcome you!”

Appointments at the GP-led site at Exmouth Tennis and Fitness Centre are also soon set to be added to the National Booking Service, with a date to be confirmed.

For now, the town’s practices continue to contact patients directly.

The NHS’s vaccination programme is now entering phase two – covering people aged 18-49.

Anyone who is eligible will be contacted by the National Booking Service

when their age group opens up – by SMS and letter – and offered a local

vaccination appointment.

Some GP practices will also contact their patients to offer appointments.

Currently, people aged 42 and over are eligible for a vaccine with other age groups due to be invited in coming weeks.

Some GP sites in Exeter will not be providing vaccinations for their patients aged 18-49.

However, people in the city can use the National Booking Service to book an appointment at locations including Greendale Business Park or Lewis Pharmacy in Exmouth.

An NHS spokesperson said: “The GP practices who have been running the vaccination programme out of the Exminster Limes Surgery, St Thomas Health Centre and Mount Pleasant Health Centres in Exeter for the first phase of the Covid-19 vaccination programme are now focusing on the second doses for the people who we vaccinated who are aged 50 years and over or with underlying health conditions.

“We have been pleased to be involved with the national programme, vaccinating the highest-risk patients, however, we are now handing over the running of the vaccination programme for the remaining cohorts, as well as any first doses for people aged 50 or over with an underlying health condition.

“Our practices will not be sending out invitations to people aged 18-49 and we ask that patients do not contact their surgery as we now focus on completing second doses and providing our usual range of services within our practices.”

VIDEO: See how the Exeter Westpoint Covid-19 mass vaccine centre was set up

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