Delivering an NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme

Hundreds of 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 continues to be a marathon, not a sprint, and people cannot let their guard down. People should 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.

The Pfizer, Oxford and Moderna 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, 13 centres are now in operation, serving 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, Plymouth and Barnstable 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 13 sites across Devon, serving GP practices in the county.

A full list of the sites and the practices they serve, correct as of 28 April 2021, 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, 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, Greendale Business Park, and North Devon Leisure Centre, Seven Brethren Bank, Sticklepath, Barnstaple EX31 2AP, are offering booked appointments to people in priority groups.

Anyone with an appointment booked at Westpoint Exeter should now go to Greendale Business Park, Exeter EX5 1EW from 7 May 2021.

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 North Devon Leisure Centre and in Barnstaple, a pharmacy in Westward Ho! and at a GP-led centre in Holsworthy.

Priority groups

The NHS in Devon has offered a first vaccine dose to everyone in the top nine priority groups identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) prioritisation by mid-April.

People in the next phase of the vaccination programme will be contacted and offered an appointment at a local vaccination centre in Devon in coming weeks when their age group becomes eligible.

The vaccination programme is entering phase two as it moves to vaccinate groups 10-12, which cover people aged 18-49. People will be invited sequentially by age as vaccine supply allows.

More sites in Devon are set to offer appointments via the National Booking Service’s website and phoneline from early May as part of this next phase.  More information about the next phase of the vaccination programme can be found here.

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.

Accelerating second doses for people aged 50 and over and those with underlying health conditions

Appointments for a second dose of a vaccine will be brought forward from 12 to 8 weeks for the remaining people in the top nine priority groups who have yet to receive their second dose.

This is to ensure people across the UK have the strongest possible protection from the virus at an earlier opportunity.

The move follows updated advice from the independent experts at the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which has considered the latest available evidence on the variant and has recommended reducing the dosing interval to help protect the nation from the variant.

People should continue to attend their second dose appointments and nobody needs to contact the NHS. The NHS will let those who should bring their appointment forward know, when they are able to do so. Those aged under 50 will continue to get their first dose, with their second dose at 12 weeks, as has been the deployment strategy so far.

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
  • Greendale Business Park – This site replaced Westpoint Exeter as of 7 May 2021, appointments are now at Greendale Business Park, Exeter EX5 1EW.
  • North Devon Leisure Centre, Barnstable

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
Lynton Pharmacy Allied Pharmacies, Lynton & Lynmouth Town Council, 14 Lee Road, Lynton, EX35 6HW
Wedmore Pharmacy Lynton & Lynmouth Town Council, 14 Lee Road, Lynton, EX35 6HW
Well Plympton The Ridgeway, Plympton, PL7 2AW
Well Kingsbridge The Quay, Kingsbridge, TQ7 1EB

GP practices

13 GP-led sites, covering 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*

*Newton Abbot Racecourse (from 15 May)

 

Devon Square Surgery

Albany Surgery

Bovey Tracey and Chudleigh Practice

Kingskerswell and Ipplepen Medical Practice

Kingsteignton Medical Practice

Buckland Surgery

Cricketfield Surgery

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

 

This site will appear on the National Booking Service over the coming weeks and appointments will be available for anyone from any 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

Moorhayes Community Centre, Tiverton

This site will appear on the National Booking Service over the coming weeks and appointments will be available for anyone from any practice.

Dawlish Community Hospital

Channel View Medical Practice

Teign Estuary Medical Group

Dawlish Medical Group (known as Barton Surgery)

Westbank Practice

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