Deirdre O’Mahony, Clinical Lead, and Cora Hayes, Vaccination Centre Lead, as the Cork Kerry Community Health West Cork vaccination team took delivery of a Covid-19 mobile vaccination. Photo: Gerard McCarthy

Cork’s 1st mobile vaccination unit to be deployed

The HSE Covid-19 vaccine programme will deploy a mobile vaccination unit in West Cork, it was announced yesterday.

The Cork Kerry Community Healthcare West Cork vaccination team will deploy a new Covid-19 mobile vaccination unit this winter. 12 such units are planned for the country, and West Cork took delivery of the first vehicle recently.

Cora Hayes, the vaccination lead at the West Cork vaccination centre, said the team in Bantry is delighted to be making vaccination as accessible as possible for key target groups this winter.

She said: “Our Cork Kerry Community Healthcare West Cork Vaccination Team has completed close to 75,000 vaccinations since the start of the Covid-19 vaccination programme. Most of these were completed through the vaccination centres in Clonakilty and Bantry but 1,250 were completed during visits to homes, to residential care facilities, to an island clinic, to international protection accommodation service and to workplaces.

“We are delighted to now have a mobile vaccination unit in West Cork which will allow us to offer a more flexible service and improve accessibility for the people of the region,” she added.