Over 200 staff and students were vaccinated on campus last week.
On Monday 27 and Wednesday 29 September, a HSE pop up vaccination centre operated on a walk-in basis for all students and staff on Trinity’s main campus.
Offering first or second doses, students and staff wishing to avail of the clinic did not require appointments. The vaccination clinic took place in the New Square Marquee, and was open from 8:30am to 8pm on both days.
The vaccination clinic at Trinity was one of 11 pop up centres established in colleges across Ireland last week as part of “Vaccination Week”. In Dublin, temporary clinics also operated at Dublin City University (DCU), Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) and National College of Art and Design (NCAD).
Speaking to Trinity News, a spokesperson for College said that “more than 200 were vaccinated” through the centre at Trinity across the two days.
Director of College Health Service, Dr David McGrath encouraged students and staff to participate in the vaccination programme “to make our campus as safe as possible”, adding: “It will be especially beneficial to our international students who may not have had a recognised vaccination in Ireland.”
Current figures show over 89% of people in Ireland above the age of 12 have been fully vaccinated.
This week, free face masks have also been provided in colleges and other locations across Ireland. Minister for Further and Higher Education,Innovation and Research Simon Harris announced the free masks scheme, along with plans for the pop up campus vaccination centres at the beginning of September.
Boxes of single-use masks were made available in Trinity at Front Gate, the Nassau Street and Science Gallery entrances from September 27.