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Limerick Vaccination Centre to open at Limerick Racecourse on Tuesday June 8th

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The road to the Racecourse, where the Limerick COVID-19 Vaccination Centre will open on Tuesday June 8th.

Preparations are at an advanced stage for the relocation of the Limerick COVID-19 Vaccination Centre from the Radisson Blu Hotel to Limerick Racecourse at Patrickswell, Co Limerick, for opening on Tuesday morning June 8th.

HSE Estates has developed the required layouts and overseen the transformation of the main stand building at the Racecourse over the past few weeks, and the facility is now fitted out for its new role. Vaccination booths have been installed on the ground and first floors, with staff support facilities available on the second and third floors. HSE Estates has also completed the equipping of the ground floor of the building.

Final vaccinations at the Radisson Blu were administered on Saturday afternoon, and UL Hospitals Group and HSE Estates staff, supported by members of the Defence Forces, spent the Bank Holiday Weekend decommissioning the centre at the Radisson Blu, and readying Limerick Racecourse for the first vaccination appointments from 11.30am on June 8th.

With a maximum capacity of 46 vaccination booths, the Limerick Racecourse centre will run alongside the centres at Treacy’s West County Hotel (Ennis) and the Abbey Court Hotel (Nenagh), operating in accordance with national guidance on clinical prioritisation, sequencing, and subject to availability of COVID-19 vaccines.

As we prepare to decommission and depart the centre at the Radisson Blu, UL Hospitals Group is grateful to the management and staff at the hotel, and to a large number of volunteer groups, for the part they have played in assisting with our historic vaccination effort.

To date, the vaccination programme run by UL Hospitals Group has delivered more than 110,000 doses of the vaccine across the Mid-West. Just over 70% of this regional vaccination total has been administered at the Radisson Blu centre.

By the end of next week, it is anticipated that the vast majority of healthcare workers in the Mid-West--approximately 17% of all people vaccinated to date--will have received both doses of the vaccines, including UL Hospitals healthcare workers and staff from HSE Mid-West Community Healthcare, the National Ambulance Service and some long-term residential care facilities.

Dose 1 vaccination of the 45-49 age group is almost complete, and the focus is beginning to turn to receiving the first appointments in the 40-44 age group at our centres from next week.

The dedicated vaccination centre bus service for the Radisson centre, will also transfer to the new centre with effect from next Tuesday morning. The bus service, supported by the National Transport Agency and operated by Bus Éireann, will run between the Racecourse centre and the stop at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) in Raheen. The UHL stop is on the 301, 302, 304 and 304A Limerick City routes, and is also on the outbound and inbound routes of the 13 (Limerick-Adare-Listowel-Tralee); 14 (Limerick-Killarney); 314 Limerick-Askeaton-Foynes) and 320 (Limerick-Charleville) services.

As UL Hospitals Group prepares for the continued roll-out of the vaccination programme across the Mid-West, we encourage people to register for their vaccinations, and to attend their appointment at the time they are notified.

All vaccines used in the Mid-West Vaccination Centres, including Cominaty® (Pfizer BioNTech), Moderna®, Vaxzevria® (AstraZeneca) and Janssen®, are administered as recommended by the national and European immunisation advisory authorities.

Ms Colette Cowan, CEO, UL Hospitals Group, and Chair of the Mid-West COVID-19 Vaccination Steering Committee, said: “As we prepare to depart the Radisson Blu, I would like to applaud the hotel management and staff for all they have done to help our staff operate the largest of the three Mid-West COVID-10 Vaccination Centres. They have been with us throughout this crucial phase of the vaccine programme, helping us to make our communities safe from the threat of COVID-19. I wish the management and staff well as they prepare to re-open to the public as part of the ongoing re-opening of society.”

“As well as expressing my gratitude to staff from across the HSE for their extraordinary efforts, I also want to acknowledge the remarkable input of volunteers who have made a crucial contribution in the Radisson and the centres in Nenagh and Ennis. We have received glowing reports from patients about the friendly and approachable service the volunteers provide, greeting people on arrival, and guiding them through the various stages of the vaccination process. To all involved, including the Volunteers Ireland organisation and bodies such as Civil Defence, the Red Cross, the Order of Malta and St John’s Ambulance, you have my sincere and eternal gratitude,” Ms Cowan said.