Saolta recruiting staff in Galway to join vaccination team

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Staff at University Hospital Galway were among the first people in the country to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in late December 2020.

The Saolta University Health Care Group is looking for healthcare professionals who are qualified to administer vaccines for a three month contract, which could be extended.

Saolta is recruiting nurses, midwifes, doctors, advanced paramedics, paramedics, emergency technicians and pharmacists for the roles which will be a minimum of 19.5 hours and maximum of 39 hours per week.

The Group is also seeking Health Care Assistants and administrative staff to support the vaccination centres. 

Vaccinations Centres will be located in Galway, Sligo, Letterkenny, Castlebar, Carrick on Shannon and Roscommon and the vaccination programme will run seven days a week, 12 hours per day.

Paul Hooton, Chief Director of Nursing and Midwifery at the Saolta University Health Care Group is leading out the vaccination programme on behalf of Saolta alongside colleagues in Community Healthcare 1 and Community Healthcare West.

Mr Hooton said that the COVID-19 vaccination programme is going to be one of the biggest immunisation programmes ever undertaken in the country.

“Our aim is to protect people and reduce the illness and deaths caused by this virus,” he said.

“Since the end of December across the Saolta Group we have administered more than 15,000 first doses and 10,000 second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to frontline healthcare workers.

“We will shortly be moving towards supporting the public vaccinations centres which will enable the wider vaccination of the general public over the coming weeks and months in a safe and efficient way.”

Mr Hooton said that Saolta is looking for clinical staff to help with the delivery of an effective COVID-19 vaccination programme to frontline healthcare workers, community services and the wider community.

“Specifically we are looking for registered healthcare professionals including Nurses, Midwifes, Doctors, Advanced Paramedics, Paramedics, Emergency Technicians, and Pharmacists who are available to work a minimum of 19.5 hours per week to work in the COVID-19 vaccination programme,” he said.

“We are also recruiting Health Care Assistants and administrative staff to support the vaccination centres.

“We will provide the training necessary and every member of the vaccination team will be given the COVID-19 vaccine. Details are available on the Saolta website at the following link: https://www.saolta.ie/jobs/saoltacovid19vaccteam0221.”