Eleven additional pop-up vaccination centres announced for college’s around the country.

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Centres will be set up next week, as announced in a release from Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris and Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly.

Both first and second doses will be made available for students and staff at centres during the week.

The press release states that the aim is to “maximise vaccine uptake in those who have not yet availed of vaccination, including international students”.

Clinics that are already in operation, including UCD, Letterkenny, Sligo, and Waterford Institutes of Technology, will remain open for staff and students during the week.

Additional clinics that are due to open will be based in University College Cork, NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick, Dublin City University, Maynooth University, Munster Technological University Cork, Mary Immaculate College, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland and Athlone Institute of Technology.

Speaking on the announcement of the clinics, Minister Harris said "Next week, thousands of students will start college for the first time. It is an incredibly exciting time for our third level sector. To coincide with this, my department and the HSE have been working together to ensure we are doing everything we can to make our third level campuses as safe as is possible”.

In addition, David Walsh, HSE Work Stream Lead Vaccine Process and Workforce stressed that their focus is one of “accessibility and positive promotion of vaccination on campus”.

Also noted in the release is the announcement that free face masks will be distributed to over 200 locations across the country over the coming weeks.