The next phase of the Covid-19 vaccination programme will see people aged 18-49 offered an appointment at a local Devon vaccination centre in the coming weeks with important changes announced.
More sites in Devon are set to offer appointments via the National Booking Service’s website and phoneline from early May. However, people are being reminded that Exeter’s mass vaccine centre at Westpoint Centre is moving to nearby Greendale Business Park as of May 7.
When their age group becomes eligible, people will be contacted by the National Booking Service through SMS. They will also receive a letter. Some GP practices will contact their patients to offer vaccination appointments.
Vaccines in Devon have been offered via three main groups: Sites run by groups of GPs, sites where bookings are managed via the National Booking Service – including large vaccination centres, such as Home Park in Plymouth, and pharmacies – and hospital hubs.
Two-thirds of the adult population in Devon have currently received their first dose.
In mid-April, the NHS achieved the government’s ambition of offering a vaccination to everyone in the top nine priority cohorts. The vaccination programme is entering phase two as it moves to vaccinate groups 10-12, which cover people aged 18-49.
Currently, people aged 42 and over areeligible for a vaccine with other age groups due to be invited in coming weeks.
GPs were asked to confirm if they were able to support the vaccination of cohorts 10-12 under the next phase of the vaccination programme. In Devon, 13 of the 20 GP-led sites in Devon will offer vaccinations to people aged 18-49.
All 20 GP-led sites will continue to offer second doses to patients in the top nine priority groups.
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In areas where GP-led sites are unable to support their vaccinations, people aged 18-49 will have their vaccine offered at a local vaccination centre by the National Booking Service.
For example, in Exeter, some GP sites will not be providing vaccinations to patients aged 18-49, but people there will be able to book an appointment at other vaccination centres, such as Greendale Business Park or Lewis Pharmacy in Exmouth.
Dr Paul Johnson, a GP and clinical chair at Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “GPs and their teams have made a major contribution to delivering the Covid vaccination programme, while also caring for patients’ routine, urgent and Covid care.
“Alternative arrangements are being put in place in areas where GP-led sites are not continuing to vaccinate in phase two to ensure there is continued local access to the Covid-19 vaccine for their patients aged 18-49. This includes alternative local providers, such as local pharmacies, hospital hubs and larger vaccination centres.
“I would like to thank GP colleagues for continuing to balance the delivery of vaccinations with wider general practice-led service provision.”
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See the details on the NHS Devon CCG website for a full list of the 13 sites run by GPs that will offer vaccinations to all groups, including people aged 18-49.
The site also has a list of the practices which will not be providing vaccines for those aged 18-49,whose patients can use the National Booking Service to book a first dose when they are eligible.