Westmeath Mass Vaccination Centre To Close Its Doors

Thousands of people visited the centre over the last year to receive the much-awaited covid vaccine.

Westmeath's last remaining mass vaccination is closing down.

The dark days of the Covid-19 pandemic turned a little brighter upon the opening of such centres across the midlands and the country in August 2021.

Thousands of people passed through the doors of Moate Community Centre to receive their vaccines and subsequent boosters in the intervening months.

But come next Wednesday, 8th June, the Centre will hold its final walk-in clinics.

Due to a large reduction in the numbers of people presenting at COVID19 vaccinations centres nationally, the HSE has developed a national plan for vaccination centres and has taken the decision to reduce the number to 15 centres across the country.

The HSE considers there will be enough vaccination capacity in these 15 centres, in addition to participating GPs and pharmacies that will also continue to provide covid vaccinations.

A number of GP Practices and Pharmacies are still involved in the provision of vaccinations in the area:

·       In Westmeath - 12 GP practices and 19 pharmacies.

·       In Longford, 11 GP practices and eight pharmacies.

You can find out more at hse.ie.

HSE mobile vaccination teams will continue to operate within all areas throughout the summer and will continue to deliver vaccination doses to those who are homebound and residents of Long Term Residential Centres.

The HSE will also put in place a number of pop-up vaccination teams that will be available to support particular locations if access to vaccination becomes a challenge.

As is currently the case, vaccination is by using the online HSE vaccination self-scheduler. Registration is currently available at vaccine.hse.ie. A PPS Number, eircode, mobile phone number and email address are required for registration.

Des O’Flynn, CHO Midlands Louth Meath says it's important to acknowledge the work and commitment of all staff in the three centres that are closing, Longford, Offaly and Westmeath, who supported the delivery of the vaccination programme at these centres.

“These staff have worked tirelessly to vaccinate our communities as speedily and safely as possible. This is reflected in the number of people vaccinated – more than 296,000 in total in the three centres – this tells its own story and speaks volumes of the huge effort made by staff.  The support and cooperation of colleagues across the wider HSE, as well as from local representatives was also very welcome.

“I would also like to thank the people of the Midlands and all members of the public for availing of the facilities to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and loved ones and their communities. Vaccines are working and are helping to prevent severe illness across the county."

The following are the details of vaccination clinics in the Westmeath Centre in Moate, up to and including Wednesday 8th June:

 

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