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Vaccination of Very High Risk group continues at Radisson Blu Limerick

(LIMERICK 31.03.2021)

RBH vaccination centre
Vaccination cubicles in the Limerick mass vaccination centre at the Radisson Blu Hotel.

The rollout of vaccines continues in the Mid-West with those at very high risk of severe Covid-19 disease now being invited to attend clinics in the area vaccination centre at the Radisson Blu Hotel on the Ennis Road on the outskirts of Limerick City.

This follows the recent reprioritisation by the Government of people aged 18 to 69 with conditions that put them at very high risk. These are now classified as Group 4 under the national vaccine allocation strategy and are accordingly being invited for vaccination earlier than planned.

As of 1pm this afternoon, Tuesday March 30th, a total of 2,364 patients in the Group 4 cohort have been vaccinated by UL Hospitals Group vaccination teams.

Group 4 includes people actively receiving certain cancer treatments, patients with certain chronic respiratory and neurological diseases; patients with chronic kidney disease; immunocompromised patients; patients with uncontrolled diabetes; certain inherited metabolic diseases; sickle cell disease and obese persons. The Group in addition includes patients with certain intellectual disabilities (Down Syndrome). For full details on Group 4, please visit here.

People in Group 4 are currently being identified and asked to attend for vaccination at the Radisson Blu Hotel. For most people, they will receive a text notification to their phone notifying them of their booking, and prompting them to reply whether they can or cannot attend. The text will also provide a contact number for queries, and a web-link for further information. Patients should bring their phone with this text, along with ID, as proof of their appointment.

People who receive the text who have already been vaccinated, are kindly asked to reply ‘NO’ so that their clinic appointment can be offered to somebody else.

Colette Cowan, Chief Executive Officer, UL Hospitals Group, commented: “Even though it is in its early days, our vaccination programme is already paying dividends and providing us all with hope that, finally, we are on the offensive against this virus. Infections among the vaccinated groups, including our care home residents and frontline healthcare workers, are reducing rapidly and we are now moving on to another vulnerable group, those with medical conditions which put them at very high risk.

“We look forward to opening the vaccination centres in Ennis and in Nenagh in the coming weeks as the vaccine supply increases. Our recruitment drive is continuing to ensure we have enough staff in place to manage the expected acceleration in vaccine delivery over the second quarter of this year,” she added.

Prof Brian Lenehan, Chief Clinical Director of UL Hospitals Group, said: “Work to identify patients who are in Group 4 and who are now prioritised for vaccination is ongoing, and we look forward to inviting people in this group to our vaccination centres over the coming weeks. As this phase of the programme gets underway, it has given us all great encouragement that those who are among the most at risk of COVID-19 are now receiving their vaccine.”

“People from Group 4 are being identified through their hospital team. It will take some time to identify and invite everyone in this group, but we will move as quickly as possible. You do not need to register in advance or take any action at this time. Your hospital team will contact you when it’s your turn to be vaccinated,” Prof Lenehan added.