High numbers of people are turning up at walk-in Covid vaccination centres today.
The CEO of the HSE Paul Reid says the walk in centres are "off to great start" with 800 vaccinated in the first hour and a half at a walk-in facility in City West.
Anyone aged 16 years or over, who hasn't yet received their first dose, is eligible at over 20 centres without an appointment until Monday.
The HSE's national lead for the vaccination programme, Damien McCallion, says he expects take-up to be strong:
"This is just another option for people alongside the designated registration and appointment system, general practice where we still offer some service there in terms of people, and also the pharmacies."
"But certainly for this weekend we want to see how this will go, it's a new venture for us , but we're hopeful that this will be successful over the weekend and we feel it was certainly worth trying to try and see can increase uptake and also to get people vaccinated earlier."
Walk in Vaccination Centres all across the country are off to a great start this weekend. City West is flying it, with over 800 people vaccinated in the first 1.5 hours. Smaller centres equally reporting a good turnout. A great response by the Irish people. @HSELive pic.twitter.com/QpfgDXZHBz
— Paul Reid (@paulreiddublin) July 31, 2021