Delivering an NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme

Thousands of people in Devon are being vaccinated against COVID-19 every day as the biggest vaccination programme in the NHS’s history gathers pace.

Vaccination is the way of out lockdown and the pandemic. An effective vaccine is the best way to protect people from coronavirus.

The NHS has a clear vaccine delivery plan and will contact local people when it’s their turn to get the vaccine.

This will be a marathon, not a sprint, and people cannot let their guard down. People must stay at home where they can and follow all the rules to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Anyone who has had the vaccine must continue to follow government guidance on social distancing and wearing a mask, as immunity takes weeks to develop.

Both the Pfizer and Oxford vaccines have been through rigorous tests and approval processes to prove they are safe and effective. Therefore, patients will not have a choice about the vaccine they receive when they are called for an appointment.

How the vaccine is being delivered in Devon

  1. All four of the county’s main hospitals – in Plymouth, Exeter, Torquay and Barnstaple – are giving the vaccination to priority groups in line with national guidance.
  2. GP practices are working together in groups to set up local vaccination centres. Across the county, 20 centres are now in operation, serving all 123 of Devon’s GP practices
  3. GP-led facilities are delivering the vaccine to residents and staff in care homes
  4. Additional mobile teams are also working to bring vaccination facilities closer to people in more rural parts of the county
  5. Large-scale vaccination centres in Exeter and Plymouth are delivering the vaccine to local people
  6. Community pharmacies recently began giving the vaccine to patients in northern Devon, with more sites to follow

GP-led local vaccination centres

GP practices are working together to deliver local vaccination centres from 20 sites across Devon, serving all 123 GP practices in the county.

A full list of the sites and the practices they serve, correct as of 15 January, is available at the bottom of this page.

As well as using NHS locations like GP surgeries and health centres, some local vaccination centres in Devon are being opened in more unusual, specially adapted, venues like Exmouth Tennis and Fitness Centre, Plymouth Pavilions, the Riviera International Centre in Torquay and Barnstaple Leisure Centre.

To minimise wastage, local vaccination sites are using unfilled appointments to vaccinate frontline healthcare workers, including pharmacy, dental and optometry teams.

Devon practices started the roll-out in phases, which means they are working at slightly different paces.

They are working through each stage of the priority list step by step, as quickly and safely as they can to ensure patients can get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Register with a GP practice

People who aren’t registered with a GP should do so as soon as they can.  This will ensure they are invited for the coronavirus vaccination when it’s their turn.

Details of local GP practice are available on the NHS website.  Once people have identified a practice to register with, contact them to find out how to register.

Care homes

Care home residents and staff were set as the highest priority group by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

GP-led and hospital vaccination services have made good progress in vaccinating staff and residents in care homes in Devon and the focus will now be on offering the vaccine to everyone in care homes as soon as possible.

Local vaccination services are being issued with small packs of Pfizer jabs which can be used in care homes.

Unlike the Pfizer vaccine, the Oxford vaccine does not need to be stored at ultra-low temperatures and is much easier to move, making it easier to use in care homes.

Vaccination centres

Two landmark venues in Devon opened as NHS Vaccination Centres on 26 January. They will vaccinate tens of thousands of local people in coming weeks.

The Mayflower Grandstand at Plymouth Argyle Football Club’s Home Park Stadium, and exhibition and event venue Westpoint Exeter are offering booked appointments to people in priority groups.

People who are eligible will receive letters from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service, telling them how to book their appointment.

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

Nobody needs to contact the NHS, as people will be invited when it is their turn and people cannot get vaccinated by just turning up.

In northern Devon, vaccinations are taking place at GP-led centres in Barnstaple and Holsworthy as well as North Devon District Hospital.

The site at Barnstaple Leisure Centre, which is capable of vaccinating a similar number of people to the large-scale Vaccination Centres, can be scaled up as further supplies come in.

Priority groups

The NHS in Devon aims to have offered a first vaccine dose to everyone in the top four priority groups identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) prioritisation by mid-February:

  1. All residents in a care home for older adults and their carers
  2. All those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
  3. All those 75 years of age and over
  4. All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals

Staff in Devon are working incredibly hard to deliver what is the largest vaccination programme in the NHS’ history, at the same time as continuing to be there for everyone who needs care.

How people may be contacted to get their vaccination

  1. Local hospital services – you might be contacted either to have the vaccine as an inpatient or at an outpatient appointment.
  2. Local GP services – practices in your area are working together to contact and offer the vaccine to as many people as possible. This may be at a different surgery than you usually go to, or at a venue we have set up specially to deliver vaccines.
  3. Through care homes – GPs and their teams are also arranging to vaccinate care home residents directly, in their homes.
  4. A letter from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service to book online or by phone. Booking through this service will give you the option of having the vaccine at a special Vaccination Centre, or potentially a community pharmacy depending on whether these are available locally.

COVID-19 vaccination enquiries

If you have an enquiry about the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme in Devon, please contact d-ccg.devonvaccinationsupport@nhs.net or call 01752 398836.

Vaccine delivery

COVID-19 vaccinations are currently being delivered across Devon in phases according to priority groups identified nationally by the independent Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The priorities are not set by the local NHS.

The UK’s four Chief Medical Officers agreed with JCVI advice that the priority should be to deliver first vaccine doses to as many people on the JCVI phase 1 priority list in the shortest possible timeframe.

This updated guidance on the timing of second doses will potentially save thousands of lives.

Appointments for second doses in Devon will be rearranged in accordance with the guidance.

People who have had their first jab already through a hospital or GP services will be contacted by the local NHS about getting second dose.

New advice on COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca

The Medicines and Healthcare product Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has conducted a scientific review of UK reports of extremely rare and unlikely to occur specific blood clots with lowered platelets has concluded that the evidence of a link with COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca is stronger but more work is still needed.

The data suggest there is a slightly higher incidence reported in the younger adult age groups and the MHRA advises that this evolving evidence should be taken into account when considering the use of the vaccine.

The Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) has said: “Safety remains our number one priority. Based on the available data and evidence, JCVI has advised that it is preferable for adults aged under 30 with no underlying conditions to be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine where available. This weighs up the risks of being seriously ill or dying from COVID-19 against the extremely small risk of a serious adverse event.”

View the latest guidance from the MHRA and JCVI in the links above.

Advice from Public Health England: COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting

How vaccine services will be staffed

The NHS is working with local and national partners to recruit as many trained and experienced vaccinators as possible.

People with experience of vaccinating others, or are willing to be trained, are being invited to help the local NHS deliver the coronavirus vaccine.

This includes people who are not currently actively working in health and social care, retired, on a career break, or work in the private sector, are being encouraged to come forward.

For more information, visit NHS England’s website or contact the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust who are co-ordinating staffing on behalf of the local NHS.

How staff will get the vaccine

The NHS is working with employers and staff representatives to establish the best way to ensure that health and social care staff can get vaccinated as soon as possible.

As is currently the case with the seasonal flu staff vaccination campaign, this is likely to be mainly led by individual employers, with additional arrangements in place for social care staff such as home carers.

Devon’s vaccination sites

Hospitals

All four of the county’s main hospitals are giving the vaccination to priority groups.

Site name Serving patients from
North Devon District Hospital Northern Devon
Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital Eastern Devon
Torbay Hospital Southern Devon and Torbay
Derriford Hospital (Plymouth) Plymouth and western Devon

Large-scale NHS vaccination centres

  • Plymouth Argyle Football Club’s Home Park Stadium
  • Westpoint Exeter

Community pharmacies

Pharmacy Delivering vaccines from
Devonport Pharmacy (Plymouth) Plymouth Cricket Ground, Devonport Hill, Devonport, Plymouth, PL1 4JG 
Lewis Pharmacy (Exmouth) 70-72 Exeter Road, Exmouth, EX8 1PY
Arnolds Pharmacy (Westward Ho!) Westward Ho! Baptist Church, 42 Nelson Dr, Westward Ho! EX39 1LQ
Day Lewis Pharmacy (Brixham)
Brixham Rugby Club, Astley Park, Rea Barn Road, Brixham, TQ5 9ED

GP practices

20 GP-led sites, covering all 123 GP practices in Devon, are delivering vaccinations to patients in priority groups.

GP-led facilities are delivering the vaccine to residents and staff in care homes.

Name of site

Serving patients from these GP practices

Lords Meadow Leisure Centre, Crediton

 

 

Bow Medical Practice

Cheriton Bishop Surgery

Chiddenbrook Surgery

Mid Devon Medical Practice

New Valley Practice

Wallingbrook Health Group

Sherborne House, Newton Abbot

 

Devon Square Surgery

Albany Surgery

Bovey Tracey and Chudleigh Practice

Kingskerswell and Ipplepen Medical Practice

Kingsteignton Medical Practice

Buckland Surgery

Cricketfield Surgery

St Thomas Health Centre, Exeter

Foxhayes Practice

St Thomas Medical Group

Culm Valley Integrated Health Centre, Cullompton

Blackdown Practice

Bramblehaies Surgery

College Surgery Partnership

Sampford Peverell Surgery

Wyndham House Surgery

Abbey Surgery, Tavistock

Abbey Surgery

Tavyside Health Centre

Yelverton Surgery

Exmouth Tennis and Fitness Centre

 

Coleridge Medical Centre

Honiton Surgery

Sid Valley Practice

Budleigh Salterton Medical Practice

Claremont Medical Practice

Haldon House Surgery

Imperial Surgery

Raleigh Surgery

Rolle Medical Partnership

Woodbury Surgery

Limes Surgery, Exminster

Cranbrook Medical Centre

Ide Lane Surgery

Pinhoe and Broadclyst Medical Centre

Topsham Surgery

Westbank Practice

Okehampton Medical Centre

Chagford Health Centre

Moretonhampstead Health Centre

Okehampton Medical Centre

Blake House Surgery

Riviera International Centre, Torquay

Croft Hall Medical Practice

Chelston Hall Surgery

Brunel Medical Practice

Southover Medical Practice

Chilcote Surgery

Pembroke House Surgery

Corner Place Surgery

Old Farm Surgery

Mayfield Medical Centres

Compass House Medical Centres

Follaton House, Totnes

Leatside Surgery

Catherine House Surgery

Buckfastleigh Medical Centre

Ashburton Surgery

South Brent Medical Centre

Redfern Medical Centre

Chillington Health Centre

Modbury Health Centre

Norton Brook Surgery

Dartmouth Medical Practice

Seaton Community Hospital

Axminster Medical Practice

Seaton and Colyton Medical Practice

Townsend Hose Medical Centre

The Staddy function centre, Plymouth

Church View Surgery

Wembury Surgery

Dean Cross Surgery

Yealm Medical Centre

Beacon, Plympton

Beacon Medical Group

Clare House, Tiverton

Amicus Health

Castle Place Practice

Dawlish Community Hospital

Channel View Medical Practice

Teign Estuary Medical Group

Dawlish Medical Group (known as Barton Surgery)

Holsworthy Medical Centre

Bradworthy Surgery

Ruby Country Medical Group

St Leonard’s Practice, Exeter

Barnfield Hill Surgery

Clocktower Surgery

Southernhay House Surgery

St Leonard’s Practice

Whipton Surgery

Wonford Green Surgery

Plymouth Pavilions

Devonport Health Centre

St Levan Surgery

Adelaide Surgery

West Hoe Surgery

Stoke Surgery

Peverell Park Surgery and University Medical Centre

St Neots Surgery

North Road West Medical Centre

Roborough Surgery

Knowle House Surgery

Wycliffe Surgery

Lisson Grove Medical Centre

Budshead Medical Practice

Elm Surgery

Estover Surgery

Friary House Surgery

Oakside Surgery

Southway Surgery

Mayflower Medical Centre

Pathfields Practice

Beaumont Villa Surgery

Barnstaple Leisure Centre

Castle Gardens Surgery

Hartland Surgery

Northam Surgery

Wooda Surgery

Torrington Health Centre

Bideford Medical Centre

Brannam Medical Centre

Fremington Medical Centre

Litchdon Medical Centre

Queens Medical Centre

South Molton Medical Centre

Lynton Health Centre

Combe Coastal Practice

Caen Medical Centre

Mount Pleasant Health Centre

Mount Pleasant Health Centre

Heavitree Practice

South Lawn Medical Practice

ISCA Medical Practice

Hill Barton Surgery