Storm Barra sees closure of some Covid-19 testing and vaccination centres

A number of Covid-19 vaccination and testing centres across the Republic have been forced to close on Tuesday as Storm Barra buffeted most of the Republic with high winds and heavy rain.

Damien McCallion, the HSE’s national lead for the vaccination programme has urged the public not to travel to any medical appointments without first checking ahead.

Information will be updated “constantly” on he told RTÉ Radio’s Morning Ireland.

Mr McCallion also advised that ambulance services may be slower today as a result of the storm. He asked the public to “think carefully” before making an emergency call.

Hospitals in orange and yellow zones will operate time critical treatments and emergency work while community services will be closed.

Covid-19 testing and vaccination centres will be closed in status red areas and cancelled appointments will be rescheduled as quickly as possible, he said. In orange and yellow zones, local assessments were being undertaken in some sites – including tented sites and those in high locations.

As of Tuesday morning and according to the HSE’s latest information, Covid-related services impacted due to Storm Barra include:

  • In Co Clare the vaccination centre is at Ennis Hospital is closed, as well as the Covid test centres.
  • All Covid-19 testing centres and vaccination centres are closed in Co Cork.
  • In Dublin the Pfizer dose 1 and dose 2 walk-in clinics at Dublin City University, Whitehall, north Dublin, are closed.
  • The Covid-19 vaccination centre at Galway Racecourse is closed.
  • In Co Kerry, all Covid-19 testing centres are closed along with all vaccination centres.
  • The Covid-19 vaccination centre in the Carrick-on-Shannon primary care unit, Co Leitrim, is closed.
  • In Co Limerick, all Covid-19 testing centres are closed.
  • Co Mayo’s Covid-19 vaccination centre at Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar, is closed.
  • In Co Meath the Covid-19 vaccination centre in Simonstown is closed.
  • Co Sligo’s vaccination centre at Sligo Racecourse is closed.
  • In Co Tipperary, Storm Barra has forced the closure if the Covid-19 testing centre in Nenagh.

Further updates for other counties and facilities were expected through the day on Tuesday.

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