Limerick vaccination centre to close on five days in June and July for horse racing meetings 1 week ago

Limerick vaccination centre to close on five days in June and July for horse racing meetings

The Limerick vaccination centre will close tomorrow, amidst a spike in Covid-19 cases in the county.

A vaccination centre at Limerick Racecourse will be closing for five days in June and July, including tomorrow (12 June), to facilitate horse racing meetings.

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In a statement, the HSE told Live95 that as part of the agreement enabling the relocation of the vaccination centre from the Radisson Blu to Limerick Racecourse, it was agreed that no vaccinations would be scheduled on 12 June, 18 June, 4 July, 10 July and 22 July. This is because of movement to and from the site for the race meets.

The statement read: "Due to the acceleration of vaccine administration locally, made possible through our recent relocation to the larger Racecourse venue, there will be no consequent impact on our programme, which will see some 24,000 vaccines delivered at the Racecourse centre alone next week.

"There have been no cancellations involved as a result of tomorrow's event, and vaccine appointments have been offered to people in our centres in Nenagh and Ennis."

The closure tomorrow comes following a recent steep rise in confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Limerick.

In a statement last week, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said: "Public health doctors have told us that this spike is a result of indoor socialising and workplace outbreaks.

"Unfortunately, this sharp rise puts our hard-won progress against Covid-19 at risk. It is simply too soon to stop adhering to the public health measures that have protected us so well for so long."

The Minister urged people in the county to avoid crowds, wear a mask where appropriate, wash their hands, maintain social distance and socialise outdoors.

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He also said if you display any symptoms of Covid-19 or suspect you are a close contact of a confirmed case to attend a test centre for a free test.