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Bid to get Shannon Park Run out of the blocks

IN March of last year, Shannon was all set to have its first Park Run but Covid put paid to those plans. Something like normality has returned, however, and there are plans to start holding the weekly runs from next month, all going well. “Because of Covid we haven’t been able to get it going. We’ve been signed up with VHI since then, Clare Sports Partnership put up the money, there was an initial outlay of €4,000 and Clare Sports Partnership put up the money,” said Niamh O’Callaghan of the Love Shannon Community Council, which is working on the project. “It’s going to be one of the only ones that has a loop, so you see different things. It’s actually beautiful, it’s down along the estuary. One of the ideas was to show people that Shannon isn’t just an industrial estate and an airport, that there’s more to it than that.” The group would really like to hear from anyone …

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Clare pharmacists in the dark over future vaccine supply

CLARE pharmacists have been left in dark about future vaccine deliveries for young people in the 18 to 34-year old cohort, writes Dan Danaher. Sean Hurst of Hurst Pharmacy Kilkee expects to get another delivery of between 100 to 150 vaccines on Monday week, having spoken to a HSE representative. Mr Hurst pointed out pharmacies don’t choose or order vaccines and noted the HSE will be monitoring the administration of vaccines in pharmacies once they are recorded on a central system to see how fast they are being given. Speaking to the Clare Champion, he said if pharmacies were using up their vaccine supply quickly they may get a higher allocation for their next delivery. “The HSE’s supply chain is also limited. I have half of my vaccine delivery on Monday used up for the 18 to 34 year olds after just two days. I needed about four times what I am getting. “Some young people have their name down …

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Doctor slams vaccine debacle

A MOUNTSHANNON resident has claimed the Covid-19 vaccination system for people who are in quarantine is a “shambles”. Dr Joe Griffin (68) was relieved when he received his vaccination appointment recently, having waited so long. After returning from England where he was attending his wife’s mother’s funeral, he was in quarantine at home and was unable to attend. On the Department of the Taoiseach website, it states that he can only leave his home in certain circumstances including medical reasons and he wondered if getting vaccinated was a valid reason for travel. In a statement issued to the Clare Champion, he recalled telephoning a telephone number he received in a text message and waited over 20 minutes in various queues just to speak to a person. After explaining his dilemma, he was put on hold because the person he was speaking with did not know whether or not he should attend for his vaccination. After further delays, he was eventually …

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Ennis mass vaccination clinic set to open tomorrow

UL Hospitals Group has this afternoon confirmed that the Ennis and Nenagh mass vaccination clinics will now open tomorrow (Wednesday, April 21). The planned date for opening of the two centres had been next Monday, April 26, however, CEO of the UL Hospitals Group and Chair of the Mid-West Integrated Covid-19 Vaccination Steering Group today confirmed that the centres would open ahead of schedule. “We are delighted to now open vaccination centres in Ennis and Nenagh a few days in advance of our initial planned date. Over 130,000 people in the 65-69-year-old cohort around the country have already registered for their Covid-19 vaccination and appointments are being offered at the most convenient location based on the information submitted during registration,” she said. “People can register online at https://vaccine.hse.ie/, and they will be asked for their mobile phone number, email address, PPS number and Eircode. Telephone registration is also available at HSELive on 1850-24-1850 for those unable to register online, and …

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Clare records 15 new cases of Covid-19

THE Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 15 new cases of Covid-19 in Clare, while there have been a further 33 deaths related to the disease notified. 31 of these deaths occurred in February and two in January. The median age of those who died was 81 years and the age range was 42-105 years. There has been a total of 3,980* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of midnight, Monday, February 15, the HPSC has been notified of 744 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 211,113** confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. Of the cases notified today: 373 are male/ 366 are female 68% are under 45 years of age The median age is 31 years old 301 in Dublin, 77 in Galway, 37 in Waterford, 36 in Offaly, 32 in Kildare and the remaining 261 cases are spread across all other counties.*** As of 8am today, 861 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, …

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No new deaths notified as Clare records 16 new cases of Covid-19

THERE have been 16 new cases of Covid-19 notified in Clare, while there have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today. There has been a total of 3,948 Covid-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of midnight, Sunday, February 14, the HPSC has been notified of 821 confirmed cases of Covid-19. There is now a total of 210,402* confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland. Of the cases notified today: 430 are male/ 389 are Female 70% are under 45 years of age The median age is 31 years old 333 in Dublin, 91 in Galway, 53 in Limerick, 41 in Kildare, 38 in Meath and the remaining 265 cases are spread across all other counties. As of 8am today, 916 Covid-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 157 are in ICU. 40 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours. As of Friday, February 12, 265,237 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland: 175,238 people have …

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‘People are terrified of putting their heads up over the parapet’

2020 has been a hectic year for the Clare Immigrant Support Centre, and a very uncertain one for the people it supports. Spokesperson Orla Ní Éilí said that things were particularly busy as the first lockdown struck. “We’re very busy. Obviously when it hit we were doing everything by WhatsApp and email and all of that, back in the spring and we were ridiculously busy, it was 24/7, literally. Then we tried to pull it back into a bit of shape, to do our clinic times, we always had clinics in Miltown Malbay and Lisdoonvarna. When things settled we were doing appointments only on Wednesdays and Thursdays, but we were working the rest of the week as well. Now we’re back off appointments and we’re doing everything online at the moment.” She said that some of the undocumented immigrants in the county are particularly struggling, with the segments of the economy they work in having disappeared, while they may not …

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