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UL Hospitals Group Statement: Limerick Covid-19 Vaccination Centre Moving To Scoil Carmel

The Limerick Covid-19 vaccination centre is relocating from Limerick Racecourse to Scoil Carmel, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick City. Operations are due to commence at this new facility on Wednesday, December 1st. The centre will operate from 9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday and from 8am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday.

The new Limerick vaccination centre will be located in the former school gymnasium at Scoil Carmel, where maintenance and refurbishment works are currently underway ahead of opening a 17-booth vaccination centre on December 1st. The current agreement with Limerick Racecourse expires at the end of November.

The current national requirement is that Covid-19 vaccination centres will remain in operation until at least the end of March 2022. We anticipate that the new centre in Limerick will comfortably meet the demand for booster doses as the national vaccination campaign enters a new phase.

Our vaccination teams have are currently delivering booster vaccines to fully vaccinated people in the 60-69 age group and healthcare workers. Under statutory instrument, booster doses are now sanctioned from age group 50 upwards and we will commence scheduling people in the 50-59 age group by the end of this week.

Our teams continue to deliver additional doses to immunocompromised / immunosuppressed patients in line with the national guidance and also to offer both Dose 1 and Dose 2 vaccinations at walk-in clinics who have yet to take up a vaccine.

The location at Scoil Carmel is well served by public transport and in addition to over 80 parking spaces on site, work has commenced to provide additional parking in the vicinity of the site ahead of the opening date.

We are currently working with Limerick City Council and An Garda Siochana to finalise a traffic management plan to minimise disruption to local residents, schools and businesses.

Members of the public with limited mobility will be prioritised for parking onsite at Scoil Carmel and disabled person’s parking permit holders can access the site from New Street.

Other than those accessing the vaccination centre and local traffic, motorists are kindly asked to consider alternative routes to New Street.

We will also be announcing details of a shuttle bus service in the coming days.

Patricia O’Gorman, Clinical Lead for the Area Vaccination Centres in the MidWest, said: “Our vaccination teams have to date delivered over 400,000 doses as part of this historic vaccination campaign. As society and the economy have reopened, we have had to secure a new location for our Limerick centre with the agreement of our partners. We are grateful to Limerick Racecourse for their support over the course of vaccination campaign”.

Currently, people aged 60-69 in the Mid-West are being notified by text message about their booster appointments. The National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) has recommended a minimum time period of six months to have elapsed since the date of Dose 2 delivery before the booster dose is offered.

Booster dose appointments, scheduled from the information on the vaccination register, will be offered first to people with the earliest Dose 2 delivery dates. Regardless of which COVID-19 vaccine course people had previously, they will be offered a single booster dose of mRNA vaccine.