REVEALED: Location of Covid-19 vaccination centre for Offaly confirmed
The location of the Covid-19 vaccination centre for Offaly has been confirmed.
The centre will be located at Faithful Fields, the Offaly GAA facility outside Kilcormac.
While the facility has ample parking and is somewhat central geographically, the vast majority of the population of the county is to the north and west meaning the majority of people will be travelling long distances to the centre.
There will also be a vaccination centre in Nenagh, one of two in Tipperary, which is closer for people who will be getting vaccinated in the south of the county.
Westmeath will have two centres, one each in Mullingar and Athlone while the centre in Laois will be in Portlaoise and the one for Longford will be in Longford town.
Almost all the other centres are being set up in the largest towns in each county.
The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD, has today confirmed locations for 37 vaccination centres across Ireland for the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.
The 37 centres have been confirmed by the HSE, with at least one in every county. These centres will support the vaccination of the general population in a safe and efficient manner. While currently vaccines are being administered in healthcare settings and by GPs, many people will be offered their vaccination in these centres, having self-registered online.
All of the centres vary in size and operating hours and have been selected based on population density, ease of access, transport and parking. The design and layout of the centres also incorporates learnings from the COVID-19 swabbing centres. It is important to note that the centres will be of different sizes and operating hours will be based on vaccine supply and catchment area need.
Minister Donnelly said: “I would like to thank the HSE for their ongoing work in developing these vaccination centres across the country. These centres will be ready well in advance of vaccine supply when they will be used as part of our programme. People can expect to see these vaccination centres ready and waiting in their county.
“We have always said the vaccination programme would only be limited by the availability and reliability of supply in these early stages of the programme. In the coming months supply will increase substantially and we will see these centres operating to full capacity and administering vaccines to the general population, following the Government priority list.”
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