Walk-in vaccination centres off to a "great start" as huge queues form at Citywest
The Taoiseach said the positive uptake of vaccines so far was "great to see".
HSE CEO Paul Reid has said the walk-in Covid-19 vaccination centres that opened this weekend across Ireland are off to a "great start".
38 walk-in vaccination centres are scheduled to open throughout Ireland, offering mRNA Covid-19 vaccines without appointments.
Anyone aged over 16 can attend the walk-in centres for a first dose. A text message will then be sent with an appointment for dose two.
On Saturday morning, images and reports began to be shared on social media of large queues of people lining up to receive a vaccine at the Citywest Convention Centre in Dublin.
The ques at citywest vaccination centre are crazy majority so far are 16 year olds. Great to see. Pray for us staff tho ?
— Kellie Sweeney (@KellieSocialist) July 31, 2021
Wow, wow, wow, so proud of our teenagers, @CitywestHotel @HSELive #walkin #vaccination clinic. Its like a concert queue except at 8am!
So looking forward to seeing them get thier lives back they have been amazing over the past 18 months. @HSELive @CMOIreland @paulreiddublin pic.twitter.com/8QowKIiD9n
— Dee (@PositivDee) July 31, 2021
In a statement on Twitter, Reid said that the Citywest walk-in vaccination centre had over 800 people vaccinated within the first hour and a half of opening.
"Smaller centres equally reporting a good turnout. A great response by the Irish people," Reid added.
Walk in Vaccination Centres all across the country are off to a great start this weekend. 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. @HSELive pic.twitter.com/QpfgDXZHBz
— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) July 31, 2021
Taoiseach Micheál Martin, meanwhile, wrote: "Great to see the walk-in Covid-19 vaccine clinics up and running - and the positive uptake already."
— Micheál Martin (@MichealMartinTD) July 31, 2021
For more information about the walk-in vaccination centres, check out JOE's handy guide here.