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Covid testing moves to Swinford


Vaccination Centre at Breaffy House to close this Sunday

Michael Gallagher

The Covid Vaccination Centre at Breaffy House will cease operations from Sunday next, June 19, while the Covid Testing Centre at the same venue will soon move to Swinford.
The vaccination service will be replaced by mobile teams across Mayo, Galway and Roscommon as well as a permanent centre at Ballybrit in Galway, while testing for the disease will take place at Mayo Community Living in Swinford (formerly Áras Attracta).
The change in vaccination roll out is part of a national plan being implemented by the HSE where 15 centres will be retained as well as a number of mobile units to deliver vaccinations to those who are homebound and residents of Long Term Residential Centres. The HSE will also put in place a number of pop-up vaccination teams that will be available to support particular locations if access to vaccination becomes a challenge.
A HSE spokesperson said the decision was taken due to a large reduction in the numbers of people presenting at Covid-19 vaccinations centres nationally.
Elaine Prendergast, Head of Health and Wellbeing, Community Healthcare West said it was important to acknowledge the work and commitment of all staff who supported the delivery of the vaccination programme in Mayo.

‘Worked tirelessly’
“These staff have worked tirelessly to vaccinate our communities as speedily and safely as possible. Since opening in March 2021, more than 121,000 vaccines have been administered at the Mayo Centre. The support and cooperation of colleagues across the wider HSE, as well as from regional media outlets and local representatives was also very welcome.
 “I would also like to thank the people of the West and all members of the public for availing of the facilities to get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and loved ones and their communities. Vaccines are working and are helping to prevent severe illness across the country” she concluded.
Meanwhile, The Mayo News has learned that the Covid Testing Centre in Breaffy is also due to be wound down in the coming weeks with operations moving to Áras Attracta in Swinford.
A HSE source said the big reduction in numbers makes the Breaffy operation almost obsolete and while there has been a slight increase in the amount of people presenting with Covid infections over the past week, the number remains very low.