ith 40 large-scale vaccination centres planned nationwide, making the list for one of the smaller operations is the recently-vacated Charlesland Golf Club.
All going well, the final signing of the Charlesland deal will happen later today, the goal being 600 to 1,000 Covid-19 vaccinations daily at the Greystones location.
This compares with the capacity for 5,000 a day at the planned larger centres. The initial criteria for each chosen site nationwide is a large car park and broadband.
Having shut its doors onNew Year’s Eve, the Charlesland Golf Club is still due to return membership fees to many of its members. Who are poised and ready toget legal, we’re told, should said monies fail to materialise.
According to Health Service Executive Paul Reid, the new facilities are being planned in parallel to administering the vaccine to several hundred thousand people over the age of 70. And when it comes to older people unable to travel to these new vaccine centres, they “will not be left behind,” says Reid, with possible transport arrangements being made through local authorities or with the Defence Forces. The HSE will also consider how vaccines can be brought to the homes of the people concerned.
Speaking of the vaccine rollout, the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said, “All the nursing homes in Wicklow have been vaccinated while we will soon be vaccinating the over 85s. Up to last Saturday, 236,966 doses of vaccine were administered, with 84,344 having received two doses and 68,308 single doses.”
The planned Covid-19 vaccination centres are due to open at the beginning of March.
“It has been an incredibly tough year,” finishes Donnelly, “but we are now starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel…”
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