Walk-in Covid test centre to open in Tallaght Stadium
By Mary Dennehy
A WALK-IN test centre for people who do not have symptoms of Covid-19 is opening in Tallaght Stadium this Sunday, April 18.
The walk-in, ‘no appointment necessary’ asymptomatic test centre is one of four new centres opening nationwide this weekend.
Walk-in testing will run at Tallaght Stadium from April 18 - 22
The free test centre in Tallaght Stadium will be open from Sunday, April 18, to Thursday, April 22, from 11am to 7pm each day.
This is the second time a Covid-19, walk-in test centre has opened at Tallaght Stadium.
A walk-in test centre opened in Tallaght Stadium for seven days in March, with more than 2,100 people attending for testing over the course of the week.
According to the HSE, as of April 13, more than 30,000 people nationwide have availed of Covid-19 testing in walk-in test centres.
The positivity rate to date is 2.78%, which the HSE said equates to 840 people testing positive for Covid-19 as a result of walk-in test centres.
Niamh O’ Beirne, HSE National Lead Test and Trace, said: “These positive cases would not have been identified without this targeted asymptomatic testing and getting tested has enabled those who are Covid-19 positive take the necessary actions to protect those around them.
“Increasing the number of people we test will help us better understand the nature of the transmission of the Covid-19 virus and helps support the strategic approach to identify any variants of concern within our communities.”
According to the HSE, the Covid-19 testing centre can be used by people over the age of 16.
The centre is for people who do not have symptoms of Covid-19 but would like to be tested, and who have not tested positive for Covid-19 in the last six months.
Those who attend must bring photo ID and provide a mobile phone number for results.
The HSE has asked people with symptoms of Covid-19 to not attend the walk-in test centre and to contact their GP for a test.
Further information on the HSE’s website HERE.