Covid Vaccination Centre at Mallow GAA Complex is ready to open

Deirdre Barry, Public Health Nurse assigned to schools, Catherine Buckley, Public Health Nurse assigned to schools, and Anne Marie O’Gorman, Deputy Vaccination Lead, pictured in the vaccination centre at Mallow GAA Complex which will be in use within a couple of weeks.

The vaccination centre at Mallow GAA club will be one of five vaccination centres in Cork, which will be located in six sites. Vaccination centres will be gradually stood up as vaccine supply into the country increases, and we expect the centre in Mallow to be in use within the next fortnight. In Cork and Kerry, vaccination centres are being established as a joint project between the South/South West Hospital Group and Cork Kerry Community Healthcare. We thank Mallow GAA for their support in relation to the Mallow centre, which will run by appointment only. The first group to be vaccinated at Mallow will be from Allocation Group 4, which is people at a very high risk of severe Covid-19 disease, who will be contacted directly with details of their appointment. As vaccine supply into the country increases and as the national vaccination roll-out moves through the vaccination groups identified by the government, the centre at Mallow GAA will be used for the vaccination of various groups (following the Government Vaccine Allocation Groups).The centre has 15 booths and a maximum capacity to vaccinate up to 1,200 people per day, but we do not expect to need to use this maximum capacity until later in the roll-out. This maximum capacity will depend on many factors, including vaccine supply. The speed of vaccinations will vary depending on the groups involved. Depending on vaccine supply and the numbers required to be vaccinated, the centre will have the capability to operate seven days a week, 12 hours a day. It will be some time before it is needed to operate at this level, and again this will be dependent on factors including vaccine supply.