COVID-19

Walk-in vaccination centres are for first doses ONLY

Additional reporting by Kevin Galvin.

People are being reminded to only go to Covid vaccination walk-in centres this weekend if it's for their first dose.

The Irish Medical Organisation says people who intend to get their second dose at a walk-in facility will face problems qualifying for a Digital Covid Cert.

The HSE is operating walk-in services at 20 centres around the country - including in Clonmel, Carlow, Enniscorthy, Kilkenny, and Waterford, for anybody aged over 16 who has yet to receive their first dose.

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However, Doctors working at the vaccination centre in Waterford have told Beat News numbers are currently low, with just a minute waiting time - and are encouraging people to continue to avail of the free walk-in service.

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Chairperson of the GP Committee of the Irish Medical Organisation, Dr Denis McCauley, says people due their second dose shouldn't go to a walk-in clinic.

"The walk-in centre is very appealing, and if they go hoping to finish their vaccination process by walking in, and you've already had a vaccine in another location.

"That really won't mean you'll get a vaccine certificate, even though you've got two vaccines."

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