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Walk-in Covid vaccine centres ‘exceed expectations’ as young people queue up from 6am

  • ‘We’re hopeful tomorrow afternoon will go just as well’
  • More than 800 vaccinated in first 90 minutes
  • Anyone over 16 can attend for their first jab
  • Full list of walk-in centres can be seen below

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Karn Cliffe, Group Lead for Vaccination in the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group. As many young people who have queued to received a vaccine at the walk-in vaccination centre in CityWest today. 31/7/2021 Picture by Fergal Phillips

Karn Cliffe, Group Lead for Vaccination in the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group. As many young people who have queued to received a vaccine at the walk-in vaccination centre in CityWest today. 31/7/2021 Picture by Fergal Phillips

Many young people who have queued to received a vaccine at the walk-in vaccination centre in CityWest today. 31/7/2021 Picture by Fergal Phillips

Many young people who have queued to received a vaccine at the walk-in vaccination centre in CityWest today. 31/7/2021 Picture by Fergal Phillips

Many young people who have queued to received a vaccine at the walk-in vaccination centre in CityWest today. 31/7/2021 Picture by Fergal Phillips

Many young people who have queued to received a vaccine at the walk-in vaccination centre in CityWest today. 31/7/2021 Picture by Fergal Phillips

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Karn Cliffe, Group Lead for Vaccination in the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group. As many young people who have queued to received a vaccine at the walk-in vaccination centre in CityWest today. 31/7/2021 Picture by Fergal Phillips

The Covid-19 walk-in vaccination clinics have “exceeded expectations” on its first day, the City West centre’s vaccination lead has said. 

Forty walk-in clinics across the country have been opened for the bank holiday weekend. Some began inoculating yesterday, the majority have begun today and some will open from tomorrow. 

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In the City West clinic in Dublin many people were seen queuing from 6am and 200 people were outside when the clinic opened at 8am. 

Walk-ins were being catered for in the centre until 12.30pm. In that time frame, 1,850 people received a Covid-19 vaccine. 

The vaccination lead for the Dublin Hospitals Midlands Group, Dr Karn Cliffe, said it appeared to be mostly teenagers and people in their early 20’s attending the walk-in clinic. 

“This was completely new, it’s completely different and we really didn’t know what to expect but there were queues from 6 o’clock this morning,” she told Independent.ie.

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Many young people who have queued to received a vaccine at the walk-in vaccination centre in CityWest today. 31/7/2021 Picture by Fergal Phillips

Many young people who have queued to received a vaccine at the walk-in vaccination centre in CityWest today. 31/7/2021 Picture by Fergal Phillips

Many young people who have queued to received a vaccine at the walk-in vaccination centre in CityWest today. 31/7/2021 Picture by Fergal Phillips

“Some of our vaccinators, even though they are in well before the clinic starts were delayed getting to work, but we thought ‘Okay, that can only be a good thing, that means the walk-in centre is going to be very popular this morning, and it was.’

“It was brilliant, people were queuing down through the car park and snaking around the car park.”

Dr Cliffe said the atmosphere at the centre this morning was “brilliant” and although people were queuing there was enough vaccinators on to deliver the vaccine. 

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She added: “It’s been brilliant, and far exceeded expectations so we are very, very pleased. And we are hopeful tomorrow afternoon will go just as well.”

HSE boss Paul Reid this morning said the walk-in clinic in City West was “flying it” as over 800 people had been vaccinated in an hour and a half. 

“Walk-in Vaccination Centres all across the country are off to a great start this weekend,” he said. 

"City West is flying it, with over 800 people vaccinated in the first 1.5 hours. Smaller centres equally reporting a good turnout. A great response by the Irish people.”

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People queuing for a walk-in vaccination centre. Photo: Brian MacCraith/ Twitter

People queuing for a walk-in vaccination centre. Photo: Brian MacCraith/ Twitter

People queuing for a walk-in vaccination centre. Photo: Brian MacCraith/ Twitter

This morning, Chair of the vaccination task force Prof Brian MacCraith said queues were  forming for vaccination clinics across the country. 

He tweeted: “It’s ‘Walk-in Weekend’ !! Great to see the lines forming already outside walk-in vaccination clinics right across the country (at least one in every county).”

Anyone over the age of 16 who has not yet received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine can present to one of these centres to be jabbed.

The vaccine that will be offered at the walk-in centres is Pfizer, which requires two doses.

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan said the “incredible” uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine in Ireland is leading to “a turning point in the pandemic”. 

Ireland has overtaken the UK with its vaccination rate. Currently, over 72.5pc of Ireland’s population is fully vaccinated and 87.3pc have received at least one dose. 

This compares to 71.8pc of the population in the UK being fully vaccinated against Covid-19. 

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Many young people who have queued to received a vaccine at the walk-in vaccination centre in CityWest today. 31/7/2021 Picture by Fergal Phillips

Many young people who have queued to received a vaccine at the walk-in vaccination centre in CityWest today. 31/7/2021 Picture by Fergal Phillips

Many young people who have queued to received a vaccine at the walk-in vaccination centre in CityWest today. 31/7/2021 Picture by Fergal Phillips

Taking to Twitter, Dr Holohan wrote: “Vaccination and the incredible uptake across many age groups is leading us to a turning point in the pandemic.

“If we experience similar uptake in the younger cohorts as experienced in the over 60’s Ireland will have a strong population-level defence against #COVID19 and its known variants.”

Here is a full list of the walk-in vaccination centres and the hours they’re operating (in alphabetical order by county):

  • Carlow Institute of Technology: Saturday, 31 July (2pm - 4.15pm) and Monday, 2 August (9.15am - 12.15pm and 1.15pm - 4.15pm)
  • Kilmore Hotel, Cavan: Saturday, 31 July (8.30am - 12.30pm), Sunday, 1 August (8.30am - 12.30pm) and Monday 2 August (8.30am - 12.30pm)
  • West County Hotel, Ennis, Co Clare: Saturday, 31 July (8.30am to 12pm), Sunday, 1 August (8.30am to 12pm) and Monday, 2 August (1.30pm to 6pm)
  • City Hall, Cork: Sunday, 1 August (1pm to 4pm)
  • Munster Technological University Campus, Cork: Monday, 2 August (10am to 4pm)
  • Clonakilty GAA Club, Co Cork: Saturday, 31 July (11am to 3pm)
  • Bantry Primary Care Centre, Cork: Sunday, 1 August (11am to 3pm)
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Donegal: Saturday, 31 July (8.30am to 5pm) and Sunday 1 August (8.30am to 12.30pm)
  • Carndonagh Community School, Donegal: Monday, 2 August (9am to 12pm)
  • Aviva Stadium, Dublin: Monday, 2 August (8.30am to 6.30pm)
  • Citywest Convention Centre, Dublin: Saturday, 31 July (8am to 12pm) and Sunday, 1 August (12pm to 6.30pm)
  • Croke Park, Dublin: Monday, 2 August (8.30am to 12.30pm and 1.45pm to 7pm)
  • National Show Centre, Swords, Dublin: Saturday, 31 July, 1.45pm to 7pm and Sunday, 1 August, 8.30am to 12.30pm
  • Clifden Community School, Co Galway: Saturday, 31 July (10am to 2.30pm)
  • Galway Racecourse, Ballybrit: Monday, 2 August (10am to 4pm)
  • Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre, Co Kerry: Saturday, 31 July (11am to 3pm)
  • Kerry Sports Academy, Tralee, Co Kerry: Tuesday, 3 August (11am to 3pm)
  • Punchestown Racecourse, Co Kildare: Saturday, 31 July (9am to 12.15pm), Sunday, 1 August (1.15pm to 4.30pm) and Monday, 2 August (9am to 12.15pm)
  • Cillin Hill Conference Centre, Kilkenny: Saturday, 31 July (8.15am to 12.30pm), Sunday, 1 August (8.15am to 12.30pm) and Monday, 2 August (8.15am to 12.30pm)
  • Midlands Park Hotel, Co Laois: Friday 30 July, 9am to 2pm. Monday, 2 August (9am to 2pm)
  • Primary Care Unit, Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim: Monday, 2 August (10am to 4pm)
  • Limerick Racecourse: Saturday, 31 July (1.30pm to 6pm), Sunday, 1 August (1.30pm to 6pm) and Monday, 2 August (8.30am to 12pm)
  • Clonguish GAA Club, Newtownforbes, Co Longford: Friday, 30 July (8am to 8pm)
  • Drogheda Institute of Further Education, Co Louth: Sunday, 1 August (1:15pm to 4:15pm) and Monday, 2 August (9.15am to 12.15 pm and 1.15pm to 4.15pm)
  • Fairways Hotel, Dundalk, Co Louth: Sunday, August 1 (1.15pm to 4.15pm) and Monday, August 2 (9.15am to 12.15pm and 1.15pm to 4.15pm).
  • Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar, Co Mayo: Saturday 31 July (12pm to 6pm), Sunday, 1 August (12pm to 6pm) and Monday, 2 August (12pm to 6pm)
  • Fairyhouse Racecourse, Co Meath: Saturday, 31 July (9.30am to 4pm) and Monday, 2 August (9am to 12pm)
  • Simonstown GAA Club Navan, Co Meath: Monday, 2 August (8.30am to 12.30pm and 1.45pm to 4.15pm)
  • Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan: Saturday, 31 July (9am to 12.30pm), Sunday, 1 August (9am to 12.30pm) and Monday, 2 August (9am to 12.30pm)
  • Tullamore Court Hotel, Co Offaly: Sunday, 1 August (8am to 2pm) and Monday, 2 August (8am to 8pm)
  • Abbey Hotel, Roscommon: Saturday, 31 July (11am to 4pm), Sunday, 1 August (11am to 4pm) and Monday, 2 August (11am to 4pm)
  • Sligo Institute of Technology: Saturday, 31 July (10am to 2pm), Sunday, 1 August (10am to 2pm) and Monday, 2 August (10am to 2pm)
  • Abbeycourt Hotel, Nenagh, Co Tipperary: Saturday, 31 July (8.30am to 12pm), Sunday, 1 August (8.30am to 12pm) and Monday, 2 August (1.30pm to 6pm)
  • Clonmel Park Hotel, Co Tipperary: Friday, 30 July (9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm) and Saturday, 31 July (8am to 1pm)
  • Waterford Institute of Technology Arena: Saturday, 31 July (11.30am to 4.30pm), Sunday, 1 August (11.30am to 4.30pm) and Monday, 2 August (11.30am to 4.30pm)
  • Athlone Institute of Technology International Arena, Co Westmeath: Sunday, 1 August (9am to 7pm)
  • Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar, Co Westmeath: Saturday, 31 July (9am to 4pm) and Monday, 2 August (9am to 1pm)
  • Astro Active Centre, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford: Sunday, 1 August (8.15am to 12.30pm) and Monday, 2 August (8.15am to 12.30pm)
  • Shoreline Leisure Centre, Greystones, Co Wicklow: Saturday, 31 July (8.30am to 12.30pm), Sunday, 1 August (8.30am to 12.30pm) and Monday, 2 August (8.30am to 12.30pm)

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