COVID Vaccine, not before Christmas

Just a quick update, unfortunately we will NOT be able to start doing Pfizer COVID vaccine until after Christmas, when we expect to begin small numbers from a shared hub in Barnstaple covering all of North Devon. We will contact you when we have vaccine available, starting with those aged over 80.

The complex cold chain requirements mean we have to work within a shared hub where the Pfizer vaccine packs can be thawed (1000 doses at a time) and must then be given within 3 days.

We hope and expect in the new year the pace of vaccination will rapidly accelerate, especially if the easier to store Oxford vaccine is approved which may  be available for us to give from our practices.