The Events Association of Ireland has written to the Taoiseach to offer the industry’s skills and resources to assist in planning the mass vaccination rollout.
Elaine O’Connor, the co-founder of the representative group, said the events industry has the relevant expertise to aid the rollout of mass vaccination centres across the country.
“We have thousands of people literally sitting around doing nothing… it’s horrible to sit by knowing that there are so many experts, so much infrastructure to roll this out quickly.”
The association submitted a letter by email to Micheál Martin, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly, Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan and HSE CEO Paul Reid.
The government’s vaccine rollout plan states that the mass ramp-up of vaccinations will take place in the second phase of the rollout.
Mass vaccination centres are expected to be brought in for this as vaccine availability increases and more people are eligible to receive the jab.
These centres are already in use in other countries, with England opening its first ones today in locations including a racecourse, a football stadium and a tennis club.