UP to 1,200 frontline health care staff from across Cork are being vaccinated against Covid-19 in the South Infirmary Victoria University this weekend.
Vaccincations got underway at the hospital at 8am this morning and will continue tomorrow.
Chief executive of the hospital, Helen Donovan, said that a further 2,000 healthcare staff have been vaccinated at the hospital in the past week.
“Today, we are vaccinating workers from across Cork city and county, a combination of GPs, paramedics, people working in vaccination centres, and those in Covid assessment centres," she said.
She stressed that the vaccinations are being given on an appointment basis.
She said it is “amazing time” in the hospital to see the vaccination programme underway, adding: “The vaccine is so precious”.
She commended the staff of the hospital for rallying around this weekend’s vaccination programme to ensure frontline workers were vaccinated.
"I also want to acknowledge the support of our colleagues in the South/South West Hospital Group.”
The vaccination clinic is based in the former pathology building on the hospital campus.