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19 January 2021

Ulster Rugby has today played its part in the delivery of the flu vaccine for over 200 patients of the local medical centre in Castlereagh.

Targeted at 50-64 years olds, the vaccination clinic within Kingspan Stadium saw 205 patients successfully vaccinated using a ‘walk-in’ system, which adhered to social-distancing guidelines.

Of the activity, Dr Andrew Leith, a GP at Castlereagh Medical Centre, said:

“We would like to say a heartful thank-you to Ulster Rugby for allowing us to use a space within the stadium at no cost for the safe delivery of one aspect of our flu vaccination programme.

“It is essential that we are able to safely deliver this vaccine to those within our practice that need it most, whilst adhering to all of the social-distancing measures required to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“With a number of factors, including the weather and a lack of space, making it more difficult than in previous years, the use of the stadium really was an important activity for our practice. Today also allowed us to trial-run how we could safely administer the COVID-19 vaccine, which will hold us in good stead for the busy weeks and months that lie ahead.”

Jonny Petrie, Ulster Rugby CEO, added:

“I am delighted that we were able to play a part in helping Andrew and his team deliver the flu vaccine to a significant number of their patients.

“With the professional squad, who operate within a performance bubble at Kingspan Stadium off-site today, it made sense for us to be able to offer the available space we had to allow for the safe delivery of the walk-in clinic.

“Hopefully our small contribution as a club will help support the vital work that Andrew and his colleagues across the health service do, as they continue to care for people in our communities in the most challenging of circumstances.

“At Ulster Rugby, we want to play our part in assisting with the ongoing vaccination efforts, so we will look to offer what available resources we have to support in any meaningful way we can.”