GPs and nurses get Moderna jab at vaccination centres

Around 1,800 frontline medical workers are receiving a Covid-19 vaccine as part of a targeted vaccination programme this weekend.

GPs and GP practice nurses are being administered their first dose of the Moderna vaccine.

It is the first time it has been used in Ireland.

Vaccination centres have been established in Dublin, Laois and Galway.

About 800 doctors and nurses from across Leinster are being inoculated at a facility in St Mary’s Hospital in the Phoenix Park in Dublin.

The facility is being operated by the National Ambulance Service.

Another 500 will be given the vaccine in Portlaoise, with a further 500 medical workers getting vaccinated in Galway.

“It is going extremely well so far,” HSE Chief Paul Reid told RTÉ’s Saturday with Katie Hannon.

“There are ten bays in each site, vaccinating between 40 and 60 people per hour.” 

He said looking forward to the first quarter of 2021, the primary cohorts to receive the vaccine were nursing home staff and residents.

Mr Reid said next would be around 150,000 healthcare workers and then the 500,000 older people not living in long-term care facilities.