North Devon and Exeter added to the list
More coronavirus vaccination centres began seeing patients this week, with facilities opening in North Devon and Exeter.
Two centres run by local GPs opened their doors in Barnstaple and Exeter while North Devon District Hospital will join the network of hospital hubs delivering vaccinations. At North Devon District Hospital, in Barnstaple, patients aged 80 and above who are already attending hospital as an outpatient will be among those offered the vaccine and any appointments not used for priority groups will be used for healthcare workers who are at highest risk of serious illness from COVID-19.
Andrea Bell, Interim Director of Nursing and Mass Vaccination lead at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “We welcome the news that the vaccine has arrived. We will start vaccinating the most vulnerable first at North Devon District Hospital. The vaccine will be a relief to everybody.”
Separately to the hospital, a new vaccination site, hosted in Barnstaple Leisure Centre, is being run by staff from local GP practices. To ensure that these life-changing vaccinations are delivered to our communities.
In Exeter a vaccination site run by GP practices will open in the Mount Pleasant Health Centre, providing vaccinations to eligible groups from the Mount Pleasant, Central Exeter, Heavitree, South Lawn, ISCA and Hill Barton practices.
Local people are still being reminded not to contact their practise or hospital to ask about an appointment – the NHS will contact you when it’s your turn. The latest centres to start appointments bring the total number run by GPs to 16, with more due to open soon to ensure everyone who is eligible can receive a vaccine.