A number of GAA, soccer racing and rugby premises are included among the 37 Covid-19 vaccination centres around the country. 

Just last week GAA president John Horan called for clubs and units to make their premises available for the vaccine roll-out in the coming weeks and months. 

"Seeing how GAA clubs and club volunteers stepped up and responded in such huge numbers and worked so hard in their communities was one of the silver linings to the cloud that has been Covid-19," he said. 

"It really underlined what we have known all along about the club being at the heart of the communities they represent. 

"I have had conversations with GPs who have concerns about their practices being set up to adequately cater for the numbers that will be involved in administering the vaccine because in many cases they are just not suitable for the turnover in people that will be involved." 

It has been confirmed that five GAA venues will now be utilised in the mass vaccination programme. 

Sites such as Cork's iconic Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium and the state-of-the-art complex at Mallow GAA have today been unveiled as two centres in Cork. 

In the midlands the premises at Longford Slashers GAA and Simonstown GAA club Navan in County Meath will also be used. Offaly’s Centre of Excellence, the Faithful Fields venue at Kilcormac will also be used by the HSE in the roll-out of the vaccine. 

Meanwhile other sports venues like the Aviva Stadium, Galway and Punchestown Racecourses, Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre, Sligo IT Sports Arena and WIT Arena in Waterford will also be used. 

At least one centre is situated in each county and while most of the centres are being constructed, some have already been completed. 

The Defence Forces have carried out more than 60,000 tests at the Aviva Stadium and it will be used for vaccinations. 

FAI and Aviva Stadium chairman Gerry McAnaney said: "On behalf of the stadium board, the FAI and IRFU, we are delighted to play a part in supporting the HSE. The Government has supported sport through these difficult times, and we are glad that we in turn can support the Government in their response to the Covid-19 pandemic."

Our clubs and club members were at the forefront of the community response to this crisis when it hit last March

The centres around the country are based on population density and will have different opening times.