10,000 jabbed in a day as walk-in vaccine centres prove popular

10,000 jabbed in a day as walk-in vaccine centres prove popular

Pictured is 17 year old Ryan Johnson Collins from Bandon at the registration desk with Karen Kelly, Admin Desk, at The Clonakilty Covid-19 walk-in vaccination centre, at Clonakilty GAA Club, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. The Clonakilty Covid-19 vaccination centre was among the first in the country to offer walk-in vaccinations on Saturday. The walk-in clinic offered first doses of the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine to anyone over the age of 16. . Picture: Jim Coughlan.

More than 10,000 people got vaccinated at temporary walk-in centres across Ireland on Saturday.

Dozens of centres have been operating across the country over the bank holiday weekend as the vaccination programme continues at a significant pace.

Long queues have been observed at many across the weekend, with many young people among those waiting in line for a first jab.

Twenty of the centres will be open through Sunday and Monday.

HSE chief executive Paul Reid, who visited a centre in Athlone on Sunday, said the walk-in initiative would be used again, but not on such a widespread scale as the bank holiday weekend drive.

“Due to the success of it we are looking at how we will utilise it now going forward,” he told RTÉ.

Pictured is Mai Shanley, RCSI Medical Student with her mum, Emer Shanley, Vacination Centre Coordinator, at The Clonakilty Covid-19 walk-in vaccination centre, at Clonakilty GAA Club, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. The Clonakilty Covid-19 vaccination centre was among the first in the country to offer walk-in vaccinations on Saturday. The walk-in clinic offered first doses of the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine to anyone over the age of 16. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Pictured is Mai Shanley, RCSI Medical Student with her mum, Emer Shanley, Vacination Centre Coordinator, at The Clonakilty Covid-19 walk-in vaccination centre, at Clonakilty GAA Club, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. The Clonakilty Covid-19 vaccination centre was among the first in the country to offer walk-in vaccinations on Saturday. The walk-in clinic offered first doses of the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine to anyone over the age of 16. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

“So we do expect to use it again in a very targeted and focused way not just generally walk-ins but very targeted, focused and promoted. So we do expect to use it again.” Saturday also saw Ireland mark a landmark in the vaccine rollout when the country overtook the UK in terms of percentage of adults fully vaccinated.

It represented a significant turnaround after the early stages of the vaccine programme were hit by delays associated with EU supply issues.

Pictured is Maeve O'Sullivan, Nurse, at The Clonakilty Covid-19 walk-in vaccination centre, at Clonakilty GAA Club, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. The Clonakilty Covid-19 vaccination centre was among the first in the country to offer walk-in vaccinations on Saturday. The walk-in clinic offered first doses of the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine to anyone over the age of 16. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Pictured is Maeve O'Sullivan, Nurse, at The Clonakilty Covid-19 walk-in vaccination centre, at Clonakilty GAA Club, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. The Clonakilty Covid-19 vaccination centre was among the first in the country to offer walk-in vaccinations on Saturday. The walk-in clinic offered first doses of the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine to anyone over the age of 16. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

In the spring there was speculation the UK might even move to donate surplus vaccines to Ireland later in the year to help it address the shortfall in jabs.

Since then Ireland’s rollout has accelerated significantly.

On Saturday, Taoiseach Micheal Martin said 72.4% of adults were fully vaccinated in Ireland, compared to 72.1% in the UK.

“A brilliant effort by everyone involved,” Mr Martin tweeted.

Pictured are, John O'Regan, EMT, Dr. Con Kelleher, Medical Officer and Maeve O'Sulllivan, Nurse, at The Clonakilty Covid-19 walk-in vaccination centre, at Clonakilty GAA Club, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Pictured are, John O'Regan, EMT, Dr. Con Kelleher, Medical Officer and Maeve O'Sulllivan, Nurse, at The Clonakilty Covid-19 walk-in vaccination centre, at Clonakilty GAA Club, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Responding to images of queues at the walk-in centres on social media, Health Minster Stephen Donnelly tweeted: “Just fantastic to see this! We should all be so proud of our collective enthusiasm and buy-in to our national vaccine programme.” Ireland also reached another less positive milestone on Saturday as the number of cases reported in the country since the pandemic began hit 300,000.

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