500,000th Covid vaccine administered in the region

The vaccination centres in the West and North West have hit the milestone of delivering 500,000 vaccines since the first vaccination centre opened at the end of February.

Paul Hooton is the Saolta Executive Lead for the rollout of the vaccination programme in the West and North West.

Today, he described reaching the half million vaccine milestone as a ‘fantastic achievement’ and a tribute to the incredible team of staff working at six vaccination centres, as well as at a number of satellite centres in the region.

He paid tribute to vaccinators, pharmacists, site managers, registration and administration staff, student nurses and the many support staff including security, cleaners and wellness checkers.

He said they were also indebted to the members of the Defence Forces who had provided support to the vaccination programme, along with the many volunteers from the Civil Defence, Order of Malta, St John Ambulance and the Irish Red Cross.

Mr Hooton also thanked all the people of Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Mayo and Galway, particularly mentioning their support in the early days when the queuing system and timings were being worked out.

He added that there are still plenty of opportunities to get the vaccine, with walk-in clinics every week to make it as easy as possible.