The Health Service Executive has begun operating walk-in vaccination clinics across college campuses in a bid to promote vaccination uptake among younger people.

The campaign involves 30 third-level institutions, with temporary vaccination centres set up in 15 sites.

The walk-in programme is open to all, and the HSE said it is encouraging anyone who wishes to receive a vaccine to attend for their first or second doses.

The aim is to maximise vaccine uptake in those who have not yet availed of vaccination, including international students.

As of yesterday, 7.19 million vaccine doses had been administered in Ireland.

Across the two-dose and single dose vaccines, over 3.6 million people have been fully vaccinated.

David Walsh, the HSE Work Stream Lead Vaccination Process and Workforce, said: "Young people across Ireland have demonstrated their support for the vaccination programme and the incredible uptake rates have shown this.

"The aim of this Vaccination Week is to enhance and promote vaccination uptake among young people as they start or go back to college this month and to ensure any students, who have not been vaccinated yet, including international students, have the option to be protected."

More details on the opening times and locations of the vaccination centres can be found here. People have been told that they will not be able to receive a vaccine if they attend outside of the designated walk-in times.

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The pop-up clinics are at:
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
National College of Art and Design
Athlone Institute of Technology (Technological University of the Shannon from 1 October)

In addition, clinics operating in UCD, Letterkenny, Sligo and Waterford Institutes of Technology will be open to students and staff during vaccination week.

Concern over vaccine take-up among health workers

A Labour Party TD has described as "highly concerning" reports that 26 frontline staff at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin have been transferred to non-frontline duties as a number of them have refused Covid-19 vaccinations.

Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said: "Something has gone radically wrong here and I think we need to find out the reasons why".

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Claire Byrne, Mr Ó Ríordáin said he does not support mandatory vaccination, but a policy needs to be put in place between healthcare workers, unions, management and the HSE to encourage vaccination.

He said there is "a balance of rights" but that healthcare workers have a wider responsibility to people using hospital services.

Deputy Ó Ríordáin said that when figures suggest that 186 healthcare workers are not taking vaccines, an investigation is warranted, and work is needed to combat vaccine hesitancy.

Additional reporting Fergal Bowers