But there seems to be a bit of confusion or a lack of communication (Western Morning News reports the Sandy Park choice), obviously “work in progress” – Owl
“A system has been approved and the NHS are leading on the subject and not completely up to speed on what they plan to do. Sandy Park is to be used as a one of the major sites in the county, the last thing I knew.”
Jamie Hawkins www.devonlive.com
Sandy Park will not be used as a mass coronavirus vaccination site, Devon County Council has tonight confirmed.
Earlier today, Cllr Roger Croad – Cabinet Member for Community, Public Health, Transportation and Environmental Services – confirmed that detailed planning is underway in Devon for two mass sites to deliver the vaccine.
Cllr Croad said that in addition to the two sites, there will be more localised sites as well, and all of which will be supplemented by the delivery of vaccines in vulnerable settings by local primary care teams.
Speaking at Thursday’s meeting, Cllr Croad said that while the NHS are leading on the roll-out of the vaccine in the county, the last thing he knew was that Sandy Park, the home of the Exeter Chiefs located just off the M5 in Exeter, was going to be used as one of the major sites in the county.
However, Devon County Council has tonight confirmed that after consideration, Sandy Park will not be used as a vaccine site.
A spokesman said: “Sandy Park was one of a number of sites being considered. However, this has now been ruled out. “
Having been asked by Cllr Rob Hannaford to report on pressing issues around vaccinations, Cllr Croad said in his report: “Detailed planning is underway in Devon for Covid-19 Mass Vaccination so a local vaccination programme can commence as soon as the vaccines are authorised for us.
“Two mass vaccination site have been identified by the Devon CCG in additional to more local primary care network sites all of which will be supplemented by the delivery of vaccines in vulnerable settings by local primary care teams. Devon County Council is in active in discussions to ensure that our health and social care staff can be vaccinated.
“There is a comprehensive workforce plan to ensure sufficient staff can safely support the programme, and not negatively impact other services. We expect existing vaccinators, newly recruited and trained personnel, and volunteers to all have a role to play.”
He added: “A system has been approved and the NHS are leading on the subject and not completely up to speed on what they plan to do. Sandy Park is to be used as a one of the major sites in the county, the last thing I knew.”
Steve Brown, Public Health Director (Designate) for Devon, added: “Mass centres are being planned but that is just one route for vaccines, so there will be other routes of going into care homes, GPs, more localised sites, but the undertaking cannot be underestimated as it’s vaccinated the population twice, as its two doses.
“It is a huge task and even when we get the vaccine, the logistics of vaccinating everyone won’t happen quickly but will take months to get through the process for everyone. It is a significant undertaking, not to be underestimated.”
More than 50 NHS England hospitals are ready to start administering the approved Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine from next week, with Derriford Hospital in Plymouth on the list.
The UK has so far ordered 40 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, enough to immunise 20 million people.