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Walk-in Covid-19 vaccination booster centre for those aged 50 and over to open in Laois this weekend

St Fintan's Hospital

The HSE will operate a walk-in Covid-19 vaccination booster centre in Laois this Sunday.

The centre in Laois will by on the St Fintan’s Hospital Campus in Portlaoise and will be from 8.30am to 6pm.

In order to be eligible, a person must be 50 or older and have received their second vaccine dose on or before July 15.

They must also be Covid-19 free for at least six months and must come with photo ID for proof of identification.

Anyone who does not meet the above criteria will not be eligible to receive a booster dose.

A HSE spokesperson said that they encourage everyone who is eligible to avail of a booster jab and that they appreciate people’s patience as there may be queues at busy times throughout the day.

A spokesperson said: “Our vaccine clinic this Sunday is all walk-ins and it is all boosters – so anyone aged 50 or over who was vaccinated on or before July 15.

“We have all seen the scenes of big queues in other centres across the country during the week.

“We can’t predict what is going to happen in Portlaoise on Sunday but we just want to make people aware that there could be times when we are busy.

“There could be queues and I would ask people to be aware of that possibility and prepare for it as best they can.

“We will work as hard as we can on our end to make the process as efficient as we can and we appreciate people’s co-operation with this.

“There will be updates on the HSE’s Twitter account where people can follow to see how busy the various locations are.”

If people are unable to attend on Sunday, there is a plan for further walk-in clinics.

The spokesperson said: “If people are unable to attend on Sunday, there will be subsequent walk-in clinics before Christmas.

“These will take place next week and again next weekend so this will not be the last chance.”

A full list of the centres that are available around the country are accessible here.

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