Roll-out of vaccine clinics to continue over Bank Holiday weekend

Roll-out of vaccine clinics to continue over Bank Holiday weekend

Lizzie Harrison, Coachford, 17 years old, after receiving his first Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on the first day of walk-in vaccinations for Covid-19 at Clonakilty GAA Club, Co. Cork. Picture: Denis Minihane.

CLONAKILTY was among the first areas in the county this weekend to offer walk-in vaccinations for those yet to register.

Clonakilty GAA Club was transformed into a walk-in centre to cater for vaccine recipients who turned out at the venue between 11am and 3pm on Saturday. The facility offered first doses of the Pfizer vaccine for those over the age of 16.

Pictured is 16 year old, Ciara Brady, from Clonakility, after her vacination, at The Clonakilty Covid-19 walk-in vaccination centre
Pictured is 16 year old, Ciara Brady, from Clonakility, after her vacination, at The Clonakilty Covid-19 walk-in vaccination centre

Healthcare workers continue to work around the clock to ensure as many people are vaccinated as possible. It comes as the Delta variant continues to wreak havoc around the world.

Meanwhile, the roll-out of other vaccination hubs are still underway with a walk-in clinic set to operate at Bantry Primary Care centre from 11am and 3pm on Sunday. Cork City Hall will also offer the service, between 1pm and 4pm on  Sunday.

Twins Seán and Liam Gallagher, 17 years old, Bandon, after receiving the vaccine by appointment which was also the first day of walk-in vaccinations for Covid-19 at Clonakilty GAA Club, Co. Cork.
Twins Seán and Liam Gallagher, 17 years old, Bandon, after receiving the vaccine by appointment which was also the first day of walk-in vaccinations for Covid-19 at Clonakilty GAA Club, Co. Cork.

Anyone over the age of 16 who has not received the vaccine is welcome to come along.

Chief Director of Nursing/Midwifery, vaccination lead for the South/South West Hospital Group, Bridie O’Sullivan, said the walk-in clinics provide a "great opportunity for anyone who hasn’t yet registered for any reason to get their vaccine.” 

“We are pleased to be in a position to make it as easy as possible for anyone who wishes to get a vaccination to do so as quickly as possible," she added. 

"Vaccines offer our best protection against the effects of another wave of Covid-19 infections. Vaccination is free, safe and efficient."

Orla Moroney, 16 years old, Enniskeane, Co. Cork, arriving with her mother Susan on the first day of walk-in vaccinations for Covid-19 at Clonakilty GAA Club, Co. Cork.
Orla Moroney, 16 years old, Enniskeane, Co. Cork, arriving with her mother Susan on the first day of walk-in vaccinations for Covid-19 at Clonakilty GAA Club, Co. Cork.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin praised the success of Covid-19 vaccinations at walk-in clinics via social media.

“Great to see the walk-in #Covid19 vaccine clinics up and running — and the positive uptake already," he said on Twitter. 

The vaccination programme across Cork and Kerry is run in partnership by the South/South West Hospital Group and Cork Kerry Commuity Healthcare, with the support of many parts of the HSE including HSE Estates; ICT and others.

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