Sport is stepping up again in the battle against Covid-19 with no less than 14 of the 37 vaccination centres around the country named yesterday.

The Aviva Stadium is one of the largest centres, alongside Pairc Uí Caoimh, Galway Racecourse and Punchestown Racecourse. In March 2020 Aviva Stadium joined the national response to the pandemic when it offered its facilities as a centre for testing. Since then, the Defence Forces have carried out more than 60,000 tests at the venue.

Croke Park and many other venues have also been used in the testing environment.

The vaccination centre at the Aviva will be located on the East side of the stadium and run concurrently with the Testing programme which is located on the West side.

“Aviva Stadium is very pleased to be supporting Ireland’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Stadium Director Martin Murphy.

“Sport is an important aspect of Irish life and whilst we miss spectators attending matches, we are delighted that the excellent facilities at Aviva Stadium can be put to good use in hosting the Defence Forces and now the HSE and supporting the administration of vaccines.”

The full list of sporting venues being used as vaccination centres is:

Pairc Uí Chaoimh, Cork City
Mallow GAA Club, County Cork
Aviva Stadium, Dublin City
Galway Racecourse, Galway City
Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, County Kerry
Kerry Sports Academy, County Kerry
Punchestown Racecourse, County Kildare
Longford Slashers GAA Club, County Longford
Simonstown GAA Club, County Meath
Faithful Field GAA Centre, County Offaly
Sligo IT Sports Centre, County Sligo
WIT Arena, County Waterford
AIT International Arena, County Westmeath
Charlesland Golf Centre, County Wicklow


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