The people of Meath look set to be ‘racing ahead’ in the vaccine stakes after the HSE agreed to open a second centre, this one located at Fairyhouse racecourse in Ratoath.


The Fairyhouse Racecourse has twice the capacity as the existing vaccination centre at Simonstown, Navan.


Political reaction has been positive,  Minister Thomas Byrne, Sinn Féin TD, Darren O’Rourke and Dunboyne based FF councillor Damien O’Reilly have all expressed their delight at the move.


Byrne wrote on Facebook: “I’m delighted to announce that the HSE will be opening a second vaccine centre in Meath, at Fairyhouse.


“While the new centre is fully put in place, the HSE has allocated 10,000 vaccine appointments to Meath residents for Citywest, the Helix and Mullingar. I know the latter is not ideal but I would ask people to accept their appointments. I’m told these 10,000 vaccines will be the single shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine.


“I want to thank the Taoiseach for intervening in this case to ensure the vaccine programme, which is going really well by any standards, stays on track locally in Meath”.


O’Reilly told Meath Live, ” I am delighted to announce the HSE has agreed to my proposal to establish a second vaccine centre in the county.”


Sources have told Meath Live that the HSE is actively seeking to assist those who have been advised their appointments for locations outside the county to re locate to the new centre but as of yet they don’t know when this will happen.