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Laois mass vaccination centre to operate on ‘walk-in’ basis this Saturday

The HSE has confirmed that the mass vaccination centre in the Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise will operate as a ‘walk-in’ facility for three and a half hours on Saturday morning.

Between 8.30am and 12pm, those aged over 12 will be able to get dose 1 or 2 of the Pfizer vaccine without an appointment.

If attending Pfizer dose two clinics, people are asked to ensure that there is a minimum of 21 days after first vaccination has been received.

This is the third time in recent weeks that Portlaoise’s centre has operated this way.

Earlier today, the centre was a walk-in facility for two hours.

Meanwhile, the government’s sub-committee on Covid-19 are meet today to finalise the details of a roadmap to end restrictions, which is due to be published on Tuesday.

While Health Minister Stephen Donnelly declined to fully back a suggestion that the vast majority of Irish people aged 16 and over need to be vaccinated before a significant easing of coronavirus restrictions can take place.

It has been reported that the National Public Health Emergency Team has recommended 90 per cent of over-16s should be fully vaccinated before a significant easing of restrictions can take place.

He said: “I don’t think we need to get up on a particular figure, be it 90 per cent, 87 per cent, 93 per cent. We’re getting there or thereabouts anyway.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.