Abbey Hotel chosen as vaccination centre

The Abbey Hotel in Roscommon town was this week confirmed as the location for the Covid-19 vaccination centre for County Roscommon. The popular hotel, which is owned by the Grealy family, will be one of 37 such centres nationwide.

Earlier this week, a spokesperson for the Abbey Hotel said management and staff were “delighted” to be able to assist with the national Covid-19 vaccination effort.

Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy had earlier welcomed the opening of a vaccination centre in Roscommon town.

“This is most welcome news as there had been concerns expressed in the national press that rural areas would be left without vaccination centres.

“It is my understanding that vulnerable or older people who cannot travel to the centre will be contacted by their GP for alternative arrangements,” he said.

Meanwhile, Independent TD Denis Naughten has said that it is imperative that vaccination centres facilitate people regardless of their address.

“I have a fear that these centres could exclude people outside their GP catchment, the county where they are based or outside the relevant community health area,” he said.

“This would be totally unacceptable and cause unnecessary difficulty for people accessing the Covid vaccine.

“For example, east Galway is a large geographic area with no vaccination centre. People residing here should be able to register for a vaccination in Roscommon town or Athlone, if this is more convenient for them, instead of having to travel to Galway City.

“Providing clarity on the locations of these centres is very welcome but we also need to ensure the public is facilitated with ease of access and the primary focus should be on facilitating HSE management of allocation of vaccine,” Deputy Naughten concluded.