Just one Covid vaccination centre for the west

The HSE has this week confirmed that just one Covid-19 vaccination centre will remain open in the Community Healthcare West region due to a large reduction the numbers of people presenting for vaccinations.

The HSE has developed a national plan for vaccination centres and has taken the decision to reduce the number to 15 centres across the country.

Of the 15 Centres nationally, one of these centres will be located in Community Healthcare West, namely Ballybrit Racecourse Galway. The Mayo Vaccination Centre at Breaffy House Resort will cease to operate on from this Sunday (19th) and in line with the national plan, the staff will transition to mobile vaccination teams.

HSE mobile vaccination teams will operate within all areas throughout the summer and will continue to deliver vaccination doses to those who are homebound and residents of long-term residential centres. The HSE will also put in place a number of pop-up vaccination teams that will be available to support particular locations if access to vaccination becomes a challenge.

A number of GP practices and pharmacies throughout Galway, Mayo and Roscommon will continue to provide vaccinations to the public.

Elaine Prendergast, Head of Health & Wellbeing, Community Healthcare West said it was important to acknowledge the work and commitment of all staff who supported the delivery of the vaccination programme in the Mayo Vaccination Centre.

“The support and cooperation of colleagues across the wider HSE, as well as from regional media outlets and local representatives was also very welcome,” she said.

“I would also like to thank the people of the west and all members of the public for availing of the facilities to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and loved ones and their communities. Vaccines are working and are helping to prevent severe illness across the country”.