Westpoint has been dishing out vaccines since January. It’s going three miles up the road
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The large covid vaccination centre in Exeter is to move from Westpoint to nearby Greendale at the end of April, as the vaccination programme enters its next phase.
The move coincides with the beginning of a return to more normal commercial operations for Westpoint which is home to the Devon County Show. The show is due to go ahead a little later than usual this year, after being cancelled in 2020 because of the pandemic.
Everyone with appointments at Westpoint in April should attend as normal. There is no change to those appointments.
From the end of April, all existing appointments for second doses will move to Greendale but will take place on the same day and at the same time. People whose appointments are affected around the transition date will be contacted directly. There is no need to contact the NHS regarding your appointment.
A section of the Greendale site is being turned into a large vaccination centre by the NHS, with the centre meeting the same stringent safety requirements. It will offer plentiful parking and is only three miles and under five minutes’ drive from Westpoint. Signage will be in place to guide patients to the new venue from all directions.
Leigh Mansfield, the vaccination centre operations manager for the RD&E said: “The Westpoint vaccination centre has been an outstanding success in rolling out the covid vaccine to the people of Devon, and we’d like to thank the Devon County Agricultural Society for all they’ve done in helping us achieve this and making us so welcome.
“We’d also like to thank all the staff and volunteers who have supported us at Westpoint – they have been tremendous – and we look forward to welcoming them to our new base at Greendale.”
Sam Kirkness, group head of property at Greendale said: “We are looking forward to welcoming the vaccination centre to Greendale. It is great to be part of the national effort against Covid-19 and we will continue to work very closely with the RD&E to ensure that the sites operate smoothly and efficiently once established.
As a business, we will remain open as normal whilst the vaccination centre is here and the sites have been designed to ensure as little disruption as possible to existing businesses and customers over the coming months.
Alongside our huge thanks to the RD&E and the NHS for their incredible efforts over the last year, we would also like to thank East Devon District Council for their helpful advice and guidance thus far.”