Coronavirus Ireland: ‘The finish line is so close’ – Paul Reid says 88% of adults are fully vaccinated and walk-in centers are open for 12-15 year olds


Nearly 88 percent of adults are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with 92 percent having received at least one dose, HSE chief executive Paul Reid confirmed.

r Reid said the finish line for this phase of the immunization program is now “so close”.

His comment comes as 1,997 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed by the Ministry of Health this afternoon.

As of 8 a.m. today, there were 324 patients with Covid-19 in the hospital, including 61 in intensive care.

Some 45 people have been admitted to hospital in the past 24 hours while 43 people have been released. There have been six admissions and two discharges from intensive care in the past 24 hours.

Nearly 3.1 million people are now fully vaccinated according to the latest HSE figures, with nearly 3.7 million people having received at least one dose.

In a letter to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly earlier this week, Nphet said he would like to see 90% of people over 16 fully vaccinated (7 to 14 days after their second dose) before the remaining restrictions are relaxed.

Yesterday Mr Donnelly appeared to reject the fact that this threshold should be met when he spoke before entering a Covid-19 cabinet subcommittee meeting.

“I don’t think we need to increase any particular number, whether it’s 90pc, 87pc, 93pc. We’re getting there or pretty much anyway,” he said.

Professor Brian MacCraith of the High Level Working Group on Immunization said 90% of adults would likely be fully vaccinated by mid-September.

He said 87.8 percent of those over 18 received two doses and 91.7 percent received at least one dose. He said four in five people over 12 in Ireland are fully vaccinated. “These are incredible numbers,” he said.

Professor MacCraith has said the “emergency phase” of the vaccination rollout will end around the end of September and he is uncertain whether the vaccination working group he chairs will be involved in a booster phase.

While Ireland is expected to start giving boosters to those who need them most by the end of September, Professor MacCraith has warned that the European Medicines Agency has yet to officially approve any vaccines for use in a such reminder program.

“We are now in this transitional phase of what will be the news, the direction, the advice,” Professor MacCraith told Brendan O’Connor on RTÉ Radio today.

He said Ireland was taking around 200,000 vaccines per week in anticipation of such a program.

Ireland is also contributing doses to the Covax program, which sees doses purchased by Ireland sent to developing countries.

“As Liam Neeson says with Unicef, ‘no one is safe until we are all safe,” said Professor MacCraith.

Professor MacCraith said that despite the perception that vaccines were too slow to reach people in nursing homes, he said the head of Pfizer in Ireland had arranged for an early shipment to be sent to HSE for this as a “favor”.

“The vaccines were gold at this point and he got us 20,000 more.”

Ireland only follows Malta for vaccination in the EU and MacCraith attributes this ‘phenomenal’ adoption to ‘an educated population who trust science and public health advice’.

Meanwhile, Reid said the goal of the HSE “is always to give as much protection as possible.” The walk-in vaccination centers continue this weekend for those aged 12 and over ”.

This weekend will be the first time that parents will be able to bring children between the ages of 12 and 15 to drop-in centers. Only mRNA vaccines will be administered to this group. Parental consent is required to administer the vaccine to this group.

Below is a list of all the walk-in centers operating across the country this weekend (listed alphabetically by county):

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinics:
Saturday August 28 from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Sunday August 29, 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinics:
From Tuesday August 24 to Sunday August 29, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinics:
Sunday August 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Moderna dose 2 walk-in clinic:
Saturday August 28, from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinics:
Saturday August 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday August 29, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinics:
Saturday August 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday August 29, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinics:
Friday August 27, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday August 28, 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Dublin: UCD (O’Reilly Hall)

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinics:
Friday August 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday August 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Dublin: Citywest Convention Center

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinics:
Saturday August 28, 8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Sunday August 29, 8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Dublin: National Exhibition Center

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinics:
Saturday August 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sunday August 29, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Galway: Ballybrit Racecourse

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinics:
Saturday August 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Sunday August 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Kerry: Killarney Sports and Recreation Center

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinics:
Sunday, August 29, 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Wednesday September 1, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday September 2, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Kildare: Punchestown Racecourse

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinics:
Sunday August 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Kilkenny: Cillin Hill Conference Center

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinics:
Saturday August 28 from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Laois: Midlands Park Hotel

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinics:
Friday August 27, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

  • Limerick: Patrickswell Racecourse

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinics:
Friday August 27, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday August 28, 8:15 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday August 29, 8:15 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Moderna dose 2 walk-in clinic:

Sunday August 29, 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • The AstraZeneca dose 2 walk-in clinic is open to people 16 years of age and over on:

Sunday August 29, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinic:
Saturday August 28, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Mayo: Breaffy House Resort

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinic:
Friday August 27, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday August 28, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Meath: Simonstown GAA Club

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinic:
Friday August 27, 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday August 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday August 29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinics:
Friday August 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday August 28, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday August 29, 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinic:
Sunday August 29, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Monday August 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Roscommon: Kilbride Community Center

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinic:
Sunday August 29, 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

  • Sligo: Sligo Institute of Technology

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinic:
Saturday August 28, 1:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday August 29, 9:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Moderna dose 2 walk-in clinic:
Saturday August 28 from 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Tipperary: Hotel Abbeycourt

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinic:
Saturday August 28, from 1 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Moderna dose 2 walk-in clinic:
Sunday August 29, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Waterford: Waterford Institute of Technology arena

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinic:
Sunday August 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Westmeath: Athlone Institute of Technology International Arena

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinic:
Saturday August 28, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday August 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Wicklow: coastal recreation center

Pfizer Dose 1 and Dose 2 Walk-In Clinic:
Sunday August 29, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


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