Derry's Foyle Arena mass vaccination centre to close for the final time on Saturday

The Foyle Arena mass vaccination centre in Derry will shut its doors for the final time at 4pm on Saturday.

By Kevin Mullan
Wednesday, 8th September 2021, 11:52 am
Updated Wednesday, 8th September 2021, 11:56 am

People aged 16 to 17 who have not yet received their first dose vaccine, and anyone over 18 who has not had their second dose vaccine, have been urged to attend one of the vaccination hub before then.

The Western Trust centre's at the Omagh Leisure Complex and the Enniskillen’s Lakeland Forum will also close on Saturday.

Western Trust Director of Performance and Service Improvement, Teresa Molloy said: “The Mass Vaccination Centres have had a massive impact on the delivery of the vaccine programme locally, and we can’t possibly thank our staff and everyone associated with this programme enough for the incredible efforts they have put in over the past nine months, in what was a truly mammoth undertaking.

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The Western Trust's three mass vaccine centres will close on Saturday.

“I would urge anyone who is eligible to avail of our Mass Vaccination Centres, but who for whatever reason has not yet done so, to step forward this week and attend. We have made plenty of slots available each day, and our centre staff will be ready and able to accommodate you.

“It is crucially important that we continue to make full use of the vaccination programme, as vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, those close to you, and our communities as a whole.”

Those who are still eligible to attend the Mass Vaccination Centres this week are:

Those aged 16-17 who have not yet received a first dose vaccine

Those aged 18+ who have not yet received a second dose vaccine, but who received their first dose more than eight weeks ago.

Children aged 12-15 who received an invite letter* to attend the Mass Vaccination Centres.

*Letters have been sent to Parents and guardians of persons aged 12-15 with specific underlying health conditions.

To find out about more about the Western Trust vaccination programme, as well as opening hours for this week across the three Mass Vaccination Centre sites, visit the Western Trust Vaccination Info page.

You can also contact the Trust Booking Line on 02871 610753 Monday – Thursday, 9.00am to 5.00pm and Friday 9.00am to 4:30pm

If you are planning to attend one of our Mass Vaccination Centres, please do not do so if you:

Are currently unwell with a high temperature or fever

Have had a first positive test for COVID-19 in the last 28 Days

You have been advised to self-isolate

Had any vaccine (including flu) in the last 7 days.

Anyone attending a walk in clinic at one of the Western Trust Mass Vaccination Centres is reminded to wear a face covering (unless exempt for medical reasons), adhere to social distancing rules and bring along their Health and Care Number (HCN) and ID if possible.

If attending a pre-booked appointment, we would also request bringing the booking reference number.