Sligo and Leitrim walk-in vaccination centres ‘resounding success’

The majority of people availing of the walk in vaccination centres in Sligo and Leitrim were aged between 16 and 19 years old, although an 83 year turned up at the centre in Sligo.

Head of the HSE, Paul Reid, Tweeted that there was such a turnout in Carrick on Shannon that extra vaccinators were deployed to meet the demand.

He also confirmed this morning over 30,000 people availed of walk in centres around the country over the bank holiday.

Siobhan McEniff, Operational Site Manager at the ITSligo Vaccination Centre said the weekend was a ‘resounding success’.

There have been suggestions more centres could be opened in the coming weeks due to the high uptake of people wanting a vaccine with over 2.1m doses administered over the last six weeks.

OceanFM’s Claire Ronan spoke with some people who were queuing to receive their first dose at the Knocknarea Arena on Sunday.

The HSE is looking at extending the walk in vaccination centres after they proved a success over the weekend.

Over 30,000 people received a Covid 19 vaccine at the facilities which the Health Service says outstripped their expectations.

CEO Paul Reid says it shows young people showed up, when needed.

The HSE’s National Lead for the Vaccination Programme, Damien McCallion, says they’re considering extending them.