The HSE are opening free pop-up walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics in Monaghan over the coming weeks for people who have not yet had their COVID-19 vaccine.
The Phoenix Centre, Carrickmacross: The pop-up clinic in Carrickmacross will take place on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of November from 12 noon to 6pm on both days.
St. Joseph’s Pastoral Centre, Broad Rd, Monaghan Town: The pop-up clinic in Monaghan Town will take place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of November from 12 noon to 6pm on both days.
The pop-up walk-in vaccination clinics will provide first or second doses only. There are no booster doses at walk-in clinics.
You can get your vaccine without an appointment at the walk-in clinic. If attending for your first vaccine and you have not already registered for your vaccine online, you will need to bring the following with you: Personal Public Service (PPS) No., if you have one, mobile phone number; and Photo ID with your date of birth.
The walk-in vaccination clinic is open for people aged 12 and older, children aged 12 to 15 must attend with their parent or guardian.
Dr Augustine Pereira, Director of Public Health North East, said: “COVID-19 is continuing to spread in our communities in Monaghan. The community transmission that we are currently observing in Monaghan relates to cases and outbreaks associated with social interactions and gatherings.”
“Vaccines are providing effective protection against serious illness from COVID-19. If you haven’t had your vaccine yet, you are at higher risk of becoming serious ill, particularly people with underlying health conditions. If you haven’t received your COVID-19 vaccine, or someone in your network has yet to do so, they can to come to the walk-in vaccination centres or talk to their GP or Pharmacist some of whom are giving COVID-19 vaccines.”
“We are urging people to get their second dose of the vaccine, providing it has been 21 days or more since their first dose. Every COVID-19 vaccine makes a difference and we thank everyone who has already had their COVID-19 vaccine.”
“I am appealing to the people of Monaghan to keep your guard up and adhere to the public health guidelines – wear a face covering, observe hand and respiratory etiquette, practice social distancing and attention to maintain good ventilation. If you display cold or flu symptoms like cough, fever, headache, sore throat and blocked or runny nose, self-isolate immediately and arrange a free PCR test through the HSE as soon as possible.”
Dr Pereira added: “We are closely monitoring a small number of cases of Delta sub-lineage AY.4.2 in the North East and although case numbers are very small, given that this sub lineage is 10-15% more transmissible, we are reviewing all public health actions relating to these cases.”
Cara O’ Neill, CHO1 COVID-19 Vaccination Lead and Head of Health and Wellbeing said: “We have made great progress in combating COVID-19 this year, but unfortunately cases remain high in some areas. We’re also aware that the uptake of the vaccine remains lower in a number of electoral areas in Monaghan. Just think if you get your first and second vaccine in November/early December you will be fully protected in advance of the Christmas season. Vaccines are working and helping to prevent severe illness across Ireland.”
Paul Clifford, Acting Chief Executive of Monaghan County Council said: “COVID-19 is still with us, and we all have to take personal responsibility. We must still remain vigilant and continue to follow the public health guidelines. I would encourage anyone who has not yet got their first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to avail of the pop-up walk-in vaccination clinics in Carrickmacross and Monaghan Town over the coming weeks.”