The great success of pop-up vaccination centres at universities and colleges around the country means that they will return next week at NUIG and elsewhere.
More than 3,000 students have received a vaccine jab at one of the pop-up clinics established in 15 higher education sites two weeks ago. More than half of those students were getting their first dose.
With that success in mind, from Monday the pop-up clinics will be returning to 12 college and university campuses, including NUI Galway.
Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris said that this is about ensuring that people who got their first dose at one of these clinics can return for their second jab.
“Importantly, these sites will be open for people to receive their first dose too. We know there are just 8.8% of the adult population who have not been vaccinated, and we know 28% of those are between 17 and 29.”
“We have to ensure we do everything we can to offer students the opportunity to get vaccinated, protect themselves and protect their college communities.”
“Having been out to the pop-up vaccination centres two weeks ago, I’ve seen first-hand the fantastic work being done to maximise vaccine uptake, particularly for our younger population.”
The minister also confirmed that a rapid antigen testing pilot programme will be extended to seven campuses this Autumn.
He said that while rapid testing will not replace public health measures such as mask wearing, it would be an additional weapon against COVID-19.
“Colleges are asking for volunteers to take part, and I really would encourage staff and students to participate and help us keep rolling out our plans for a safe and sustainable reopening of campuses and society.”