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Two vaccination centres confirmed for Clare with operation hours to be decided by supply

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Two Clare vaccination centres will be in operation, the Department of Health have confirmed.

As first reported by The Clare Echo, vaccination centres will open in both the West County Hotel and the Radisson Blu Hotel.

On Monday, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly (FF) confirmed locations for 37 vaccination centres across Ireland for the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme following initial development by the HSE.

While currently vaccines are being administered in healthcare settings and by GPs, many people will be offered their vaccination in these centres, having self-registered online.

All of the centres vary in size and operating hours and have been selected based on population density, ease of access, transport and parking. The design and layout of the centres also incorporates learnings from the COVID-19 swabbing centres. The centres will be of different sizes and operating hours will be based on vaccine supply and catchment area need. The operating hours for the West County or the Radisson have yet to be unveiled.

“These centres will be ready well in advance of vaccine supply when they will be used as part of our programme. People can expect to see these vaccination centres ready and waiting in their county. We have always said the vaccination programme would only be limited by the availability and reliability of supply in these early stages of the programme. In the coming months supply will increase substantially and we will see these centres operating to full capacity and administering vaccines to the general population, following the Government priority list,” Minister Donnelly.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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