North Devon District Hospital has joined the network of hospital hubs delivering vaccinations, and started to deliver vaccinations yesterday (29 December 2020).
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.”
Among those receiving a vaccination today was 90-year-old Hector Delbridge, who said: “I was seeing the specialist today and then I came down for the vaccine – it was like two birds with one stone. 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. Read more about this on the NHS Devon CCG website.
Local people are still being reminded not to contact their practice or hospital to ask about an appointment – the NHS will contact you when it’s your turn.