“Jabbathon” – Freshers Week Vaccination Clinics

10/09/2021

We are set to partner with Higher Educational Institutions to run a series of vaccination clinics as part of a new “Jabbathon” initiative.

Organised by the Department of Health, the “Jabbathon” programme will involve 60 walk-in clinics hosted across educational campuses – offering first jabs to students across Northern Ireland’s universities and Further Education colleges.

The scheme was announced by Health Minister Robin Swann and is seen as a major push to help vaccinate more students in Northern Ireland.

It forms part of the ongoing vaccination push, as the take-up rate for first doses comes close to 90% of the adult population and will include clinics at: North West Regional College Campuses at Limavady, Strand Road and Strabane; as well as Ulster University, Magee Campus, South West College Campuses in Omagh and Erne and CAFRE, Enniskillen.

These clinics will run in addition to the ongoing programme of localised walk-in mobile clinics for everyone aged 16 and over across the Western Trust area.

The Health Minister stated:

“I very much welcome the “Jabbathon” initiative and thank all those across the health and further and higher education sectors for their work in making this happen.

“A growing number of young people have been coming forward to get their jab and I am sure this extensive programme of targeted walk-in clinics will further increase take-up.

Commenting on the roll out of the initiative in the West, Western Trust Director of Director of Performance and Service Improvement and Vaccine Programme Lead, Teresa Molloy, said:

“We have come so far in terms of the vaccination programme here in the Western Trust area, but we are in no way complacent. Covid is still very much with us and it is vitally important that young people take advantage of this opportunity to get vaccinated at their places of education.

“Everyone who takes up the vaccination is helping keep their family, friends and the wider community safe from the worst effects of Covid.  By getting vaccinated, students will play a vital part and reduce the threat of disruption to their education and all aspects of student life.

“We are working hard to ensure access to the vaccine is easy for everyone and by running these clinics we will be providing the perfect opportunity for those young people who want to get their jab to be able to do so and we urge those students to take up the offer.”

The Western Trust will be running the following list of clinics as part of the “Jabbathon” initiative:

DateCampusTimeWho can attend?
16th SeptNorth West Regional College, Strand Road, Sports Hall4.00pm-8.00pm Students and Public
16th SeptSouth West College, Omagh4.00pm-8.00pm Students and Public
20th SeptNorth West Regional College, Strabane2.00pm-5.00pm Students Only
21st SeptSouth West College, Skills Centre10.30am-1.30pm Students Only
21st SeptNorth West Regional College, Strand Road, Sports Hall9.30am-1.30pm Students and Public
21st SeptCAFRE School, Enniskillen3.00pm-6.00pm Students Only
22nd SeptUlster University, Magee Campus, Sports Hall1.00pm-5.00pm Students and Public
22nd SeptSouth West College, Omagh1.00pm-5.00pm Students and Public
23rd SeptUlster University, Magee Campus, Sports Hall4.00pm-8.00pm Students and Public
23rd SeptSouth West College, Erne4.00pm-8.00pm Students and Public

To find out about more about the Western Trust vaccination programme please visit the Western Trust Vaccination Info page.

If you are planning to attend a vaccination clinic please do not do so if you:

  • Are currently unwell with a high temperature or fever
  • Have had a first positive test for COVID-19 in the last 28 Days
  • You have been advised to self-isolate
  • Had any vaccine (including flu) in the last 7 days.

Anyone attending a vaccination clinic is reminded to wear a face covering (unless exempt for medical reasons), adhere to social distancing rules and bring along their Health and Care Number (HCN) and ID if possible.

If attending a pre-booked appointment, we would also request bringing the booking reference number.