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‘An inspiring weekend’ – over 18,000 people jabbed at walk-in vaccination clinics, as 1,352 new Covid cases reported today


The walk-in vaccination centre in Citywest. Photo: Fergal Phillips

The walk-in vaccination centre in Citywest. Photo: Fergal Phillips

The walk-in vaccination centre in Citywest. Photo: Fergal Phillips

Over 18,000 people were jabbed at the Covid-19 vaccination clinics that were open over the bank holiday weekend, according to HSE boss Paul Reid. 

Forty mass vaccination centres were open across the country for walk-ins over the weekend, with 26 remaining open today. 

There were 1,352 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland, with 177 Covid-19 patients now in hospital, 27 of whom are in ICU.

Mr Reid earlier said it was “an inspiring weekend” as anyone over the age of 16 could pop into a centre for a jab without having registered. 

Half of those who attended a clinic over the weekend were 16 or 17-years-old.

"An inspiring weekend for the vaccination programme,” Mr Reid said. “Over 18,000 people have availed of walk-in centres so far.

"Continuing today in 26 locations. People of all ages attending, 50pc aged 16-17 years old and 64pc 19 or under."

Mre Reid added that Ireland has administered more than two million Covid-19 jabs in six weeks. 

In excess of 1.5 million of those 2.1 million jabs were given out in July.

Ireland also reached a landmark in the vaccine rollout at the weekend when the country overtook the UK in terms of percentage of adults fully vaccinated.

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

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.

Around 73pc of adults in Ireland are now fully vaccinated while 87pc have received a first dose.

Almost 5.9 million jabs have been administered in total.

There was also another Covid-19 milestone at the weekend as the number of cases reported in Ireland since the pandemic began passed 300,000.

There were a further 1,098 new confirmed cases of coronavirus reported on Sunday.

There were 163 Covid-19 patients in hospital on Sunday morning, 26 of whom were in ICU.

The walk-in centres run by the HSE are open to anyone aged 16 and over who has yet to receive a first dose.

Those attending will receive a Pfizer jab of the vaccine, which requires two doses. 

No appointment is necessary but people wishing to get vaccinated will need to produce photo ID and their Personal Public Service (PPS) number.

Although the walk-in clinics were originally only planned for this bank holiday weekend, Mr Reid said they will consider doing them again as they have been so successful.

When asked about the possible future closure of mass vaccination centres by RTÉ News, Mr Reid said towards winter there will no longer be 43 mass vaccination centres.

He added that the HSE is looking ahead to how it will administer booster Covid-19 vaccines, and that it will likely be done in conjunction with the flu vaccine.

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