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Preparation works underway at Killarney Vaccination Centre

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WHAT IT LOOKS LIKES: Preparation works are well underway at Killarney Vaccination Centre located at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre. Photo: Domnick Walsh

By Michelle Crean

 

Work to prepare Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre as a vaccination centre for the south Kerry area are well underway this week. As our photo shows, a number of booths have been set up but the centre will not be operational until the availability of vaccine increases.

The centres, which includes a second in Tralee at the Munster Technological University in Dromtaker, are at varying stages of development and will be ready well in advance of receipt of the vaccine supply, which, based on current information, vaccine supply for the country is forecast to reach a peak in Quarter 2 2021, the HSE said this week.

"The centres vary in size and their operating hours will be based on vaccine supply and catchment area needs. They will run on an appointment-only basis. Identifying, equipping and staffing these vaccination centres is a considerable undertaking, and we would like to sincerely thank all of the staff who are working so hard to make these vital centres a reality in a short space of time. The work of our staff means that these vaccination centres will be available to vaccinate large numbers of people as soon as vaccine supplies allow."

PRIORITY GROUPS

Several other priority groups have to be vaccinated before they reach the stage of vaccinating the population at large.

GPs across the country are this week beginning the vaccination of their patients aged 85 and over, as part of the vaccination of the over-70s age-group.

Vaccines were administered at Deenagh Torc Medical Practice, Reeks Gateway on Wednesday.

However, other local GPs have ordered their supplies but are yet to receive them.

"We are very excited to start giving the vaccine to our patients. We have all ordered COVID-19 vaccines," Dr Laura Malone from Killarney GP Medical Centre said. "The decision was made by the HSE to give vaccines to 84 practices initially. We have no vaccine yet due to the fact that there is a shortage of supply at present. We will be getting our supply over the next few weeks. We have already contacted all our over 85-year-old patients to get them ready. Unfortunately the initial rollout is slow but hopefully with more vaccine and single dose vaccines available things will move quickly once we have supplies."

The HSE added that patients do not need to register for vaccinations in advance.

"When we move forward to begin vaccinating the next priority groups, the HSE will use news, public notices, advertising, social media, partner organisations to alert people that it’s their turn to come forward."

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Artists invited to showcase work at Wine and Art night

It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November. The pandemic enforced its absence and now […]

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It’s back – and not before time – the hugely popular Killarney Rotary Club evening of Wine and Art will return this November.

The pandemic enforced its absence and now every effort is being made to make up for lost time.

Widely regarded as one of the social highlights of the year in Killarney, this year’s gathering will take place in the Great Southern Killarney on Wednesday, November 30, commencing at 7.15pm.

Tickets, which will be available at the door, are priced at €20 and all proceeds raised on the night will go to deserving local charities and community organisations.

Over the years the evening of wine and art has raised tens of thousands of Euro for great causes and the 2022 proceeds will be of enormous benefit to the chosen groups.

This year, once again, the event is being held in association with Daly’s SuperValu and supported by Killarney Brewing and Distilling Company.

Rotary Club President, Rayla Tadjimatova, has appealed to all artists who might like to showcase their work on the night to get in touch with club members, as soon as possible, to guarantee inclusion.

“We are reaching out not only to artists who have supported the event in the past but to any new artists who wish to take the opportunity to place their work in front of a very appreciative local audience of up to one thousand people on the night,” she said.

Those interested should email killarneyrotaryclub@gmail.com as soon as possible.

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Gardai seek whereabouts of missing Kerry teen

Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager. Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3). He is described as being […]

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Gardaí are asking the public for their help in locating a 15-year-old teenager.

Nicolas O’Sullivan has been missing from Ballyvelly, Tralee, since Monday (October 3).

He is described as being approximately 6ft in height, of a slim build with brown hair and green eyes. When last seen Nicolas was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a black hoody top. He was also carrying a black bag.

Anyone with information on Nicolas’ whereabouts is asked to contact Tralee Garda Station on 066 710 2300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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