Queue for FREEDOM: Covid jab lines stretch for ‘MILES’
Young people stood in three-hour-long queues running ‘miles down the beach’ in Scotland today in another display of Britain’s eagerness to get vaccinated.
Footage taken in Troon, South Ayrshire, at around 9am today shows a line of people facing the ‘hours long’ wait to use the town’s drop-in vaccination centre at Walker Hall, which is offering jabs until 6pm.
NHS Ayrshire & Arran officials said that the busiest time was first thing in the morning as hopefuls had arrived before the centre opened – but by 11.30am the queues had died down to a wait of less than 30 minutes, falling to five minutes later on.
At 3.14pm the health service had said that there is currently ‘no queue’, adding that those who attend must be an adult living in Ayrshire who has not had a first dose of vaccine and does not yet have a blue appointment letter.
Across the country in Stanmore, Greater London, Belmont Health Centre saw long queues over the weekend after opening for walk-in appointments to over-18s who live or work in Harrow and have yet to have their first Covid-19 vaccinations
The scenes are reminiscent of those outside University College London yesterday where supplies ran out at a clinic held by NHS Camden.
Queues for the walk-in Covid vaccination centre in Troon. Footage taken in Troon, South Ayrshire, at around 9am today shows a line of people facing the ‘hours long’ wait to use the town’s drop-in vaccination centre at Walker Hall, which is offering jabs until 6pm
View of the vaccination centre at Elizabethan Suite, Bury, June 6.
People line up to receive a vaccination on June 6, 2021 in Stanmore, Greater London. Belmont Health Centre saw long queues over the weekend after opening for walk-in appointments to over-18s who live or work in Harrow and have yet to have their first Covid-19 vaccinations
Some vaccine hopefuls had started queuing as early as 5am in a bid to be among the first 450 people given a ticket to receive their jab, but thousands of students were later turned away.
And today the Science Museum, which is being used as a coronavirus vaccination centre, was evacuated for an hour ‘as a precaution’ amid reports of a ‘suspicious bag’.
But the museum’s Twitter account revealed at 2.50pm that the venue has reopened to visitors.
The museum had offered its premises for use as a vaccination centre, and those who attended would be able to see a quick preview of its new Covid display.
The Science Museum has been evacuated ‘as a precaution’, staff at the London venue have said
One attendee tweeted at the museum: ‘You’ve moved hundreds of us in an evacuation exercise with no information and you can’t open the exit door. What’s going on?’
Empty vials of the first vaccines use across the world are being showcased along a timeline of important objects from the history of vaccines.
Also among the collection are homemade masks, Covid-themed greetings cards, recording the current crisis so future generations can learn from it.
The museum’s director Sir Ian Blatchford had told the FT: ‘Our museum can both tell the story of how vaccination has saved millions of lives, and also play a part in ensuring vaccines protect the nation from Covid-19.
‘It is an extraordinary sensation to be collecting and living history all at once.’