Clarification from Barnstaple vaccination centre – COVID-19 boosters must be booked

Our COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the North Devon Leisure Centre in Barnstaple have been very busy with long queues.

We would like to clarify that walk-in vaccinations are for first, second and third primary doses only. Boosters must be booked – anyone asking for a booster without an appointment will be turned away.

We understand that the national website incorrectly stated that boosters were available as walk-ins at the Leisure Centre. We apologise for any inconvenience caused from this error.

Andrea Bell, deputy director of nursing at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and mass vaccination lead, said: “Current levels of demand, plus staffing and space limitations, mean that it is challenging for us to offer both booked appointments and walk-ins for boosters. We hope this clarification that boosters must be booked will help to make it quick and easy for our community to be vaccinated.

“We encourage everyone to take up the offer of vaccination, and aim to provide the best possible experience when getting vaccinated. Whilst the vaccinating team have been brilliant, we know the queuing has been frustrating, and we would like to thank everyone for their understanding.”

Those eligible for a booster vaccine – people over 50 and those most at risk of COVID-19 – can now pre-book their jab 5 months after their second dose, instead of 6 months.

You can book a vaccination appointment:

  • Online here
  • Call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week
  • If you have difficulties communicating or hearing, or are a British Sign Language (BSL) user, you can use textphone 18001 119, call 119 BSL via the SignVideo app, or use the NHS BSL interpreter service at:

More information is on our vaccination centre page.

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Last updated: November 9, 2021