North Devon COVID-19 Vaccination Centre

North Devon COVID-19 Vaccination Centre

The North Devon COVID-19 Vaccination Centre is based at Tesco Taw View Extra in Barnstaple. We are offering COVID-19 vaccination to local people in eligible groups. The centre is staffed by specially-trained vaccinators and support staff with help from volunteers.

Appointment only

Need to know before you go

  • Check your eligibility at
  • To receive your first booster dose, it must have been at least 3 months since your second dose
  • To receive a second dose, it must have been 8 weeks since your first dose if you are 18 or over, 12 weeks since your first dose if you are under 18
  • If you’ve had COVID-19 recently we may not be able to vaccinate you. Please see ‘Attending for vaccination’ below
  • Please bring your NHS number with you if you can, this really helps our team
  • Queues are likely. Please bear this in mind and wear clothing that will keep you warm
  • Our vaccination staff and volunteers are working as quickly as possible – please be patient

Booking an appointment

If you are eligible for vaccination, you can book an appointment via the National Booking Service website. You can also use the website to manage or cancel your appointment.

Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week. You can ask someone else to do this for you if you prefer.

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 service at:

If you have received your first vaccine dose but have not booked a second appointment,  please refer back to the online booking website at least 24 hours after your first appointment. From here, you will be able to book your second appointment.

Attending for vaccination

If you have recently had COVID-19, we may not be able to vaccinate you. If you have an appointment booked, please cancel or rearrange it through the National Booking Service website.

  • Aged 18 years and over – there must be a 28-day gap between first symptoms of COVID-19/date of positive PCR result if you had no symptoms and a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Under 18s – there must be a 12-week gap between first symptoms of COVID-19/date of positive PCR result if you had no symptoms and a COVID-19 vaccine.

Please do not attend your vaccination if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are self-isolating.

Please ensure you wear a face mask unless you have a valid exemption certificate.

In preparation for getting your vaccination, please wear loose fitting clothing.

Queues are likely, please wear clothing that will keep you warm when outside.

We understand that it may be difficult for some people to queue for long periods of time, particularly more frail older people. Our volunteers are managing the queues – please speak to someone if you need help.

Remember to eat and drink before you attend.

We ask that you do not arrive more than five minutes before your appointment time to avoid queues.

You may need to wait 15 minutes after your vaccination.

Please attend your appointment by yourself if possible. If you need physical, communication, or emotional support, someone from your household or support bubble can accompany you to your appointment. We can also help arrange translation or interpretation support if you need it.

Third primary dose for immunosuppressed people (not boosters)

Those with weakened immune systems are being offered a THIRD primary dose of COVID-19 vaccination instead of just two doses.

The third primary dose is NOT the same as a booster.

The third primary dose is a top up because while the first two doses will have offered some protection, they may not have generated a full immune response compared to those who do not have weakened immune systems.

The aim is to give people who have a weakened immune system a similar level of protection as someone without a weakened immune system who has had two doses.

A booster vaccination will be offered 6 months later.

Those who are eligible for a third primary dose are being identified and contacted by either their consultant or GP, who will refer them to the vaccination centre. Please wait for the NHS to contact you.

Your medical or nursing team would also be happy to discuss this with you at any upcoming appointments.

Update for people who have received a third primary dose and may have received a text/letter about a booster dose (fourth dose)

Some people visiting our vaccination clinic have not been able to be vaccinated for a booster dose (fourth dose), after our staff have reviewed their medical history and found they are not eligible for this vaccination.

If you have been invited for a booster dose (fourth dose) but are not sure if you are eligible, you can check this with us in advance.

Pop in to our Leisure Centre clinics when open and our team can assess you – see dates and times above
Email our team at providing a phone number so they can call you

Translation and interpretation support

British Sign Language support is available – please speak to one of the vaccination team, who will assist you.

If you require a translator or interpreter for your COVID-19 vaccination appointment at the North Devon Leisure Centre, please let us know at least five working days before your appointment.

Email or call 01271 314090 with the following details:

  • The name of the appointment holder
  • Date and time of the appointment
  • Language required e.g. Polish, Bulgarian
  • Contact number

Getting here

The address and postcode is:

Tesco Taw View Extra
Barnstaple Retail Park
EX31 2AS

Bike facilities

Bike stands are available at the front entrance of Tesco Taw View Extra.


You can plan your journey with Google Maps, or enter EX31 2AS into your sat nav.


The nearest bus stop to Tesco Taw View Extra is Barnstaple Railway Station.

North Devon Leisure Centre is roughly a 10-minute walk from Barnstaple Bus Station.
For help planning your journey by bus, please visit or

Unable to drive, get a lift or use public transport?

If you are unable to get a lift or access public transport, or there are no suitable public transport services in your area, you may be able to find transport via the network of voluntary organisations which operate across Devon.

There is no guarantee that transport will be available through voluntary schemes. All schemes operate differently, and there may be a charge for these services.

Devon County Council has produced a summary of voluntary services serving each vaccination delivery location.


  • Toilets
  • Bike stands
  • Refreshments (vending machines)

Vaccination clinic volunteer

The Barnstaple vaccination clinic can be found within the car park of Tesco in Severn Brethren Retail Park.  Volunteers help manage the car park, and patient queues and also support with background admin and welfare duties. Further opportunities may arise across other vaccination sites as these open during booster campaigns.

Vaccination clinic volunteer – Application form and pack (word doc)

For more information please contact:

Contact details

If you have an enquiry about your vaccination with our team, please email


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Last updated: November 16, 2022