assive queues formed in Walthamstow Town Centre after it emerged a local library was accepting walk-in Covid-19 vaccine patients.
NHS staff at Walthamstow Library vaccinated 3,000 people on Wednesday after the call-out for local people for spare vaccines, who were prioritised based on risk.
“If you are 50+; 18+ with a health condition; a carer; a health and social care or blue light worker you can walk in before 6.30pm for 1st vaccine. Bring NHS number and evidence of the category you are in!”
Several Twitter users reported that queues were up to two hours long, with an ice cream van nearby serving sweet-toothed jab-seekers.
Others claimed that anyone over the age of 18 could queue for a spare Covid-19 vaccine.
Comedian Colleen Cheetham-Gerrard tweeted: “Long story short: I got my first covid jab today, due to a supply snafu at a drop-in clinic in Walthamstow. I did query a bit ‘am I skipping the queue?’ but the doses would have gone off otherwise.
“It was a happy, patient line with a ice cream van possibly breaking sales records for a Wednesday in March. (Those in the normal eligibility categories got to skip the queue, obviously!)”
But one Twitter user wrote: “Just heard from 2 healthy people in their 20s who have been vaccinated in Walthamstow today. What sort of prioritisation is that?”
Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) clarified that only those in risk categories could receive surplus vaccines.
The group said on Twitter: “Please do not go to Walthamstow Library for a vaccine this afternoon unless you have an appointment to be vaccinated.
“We are unable to vaccinate people who are not in the specified groups. We will let you know when there are any further walk-in events.”
Waltham Forest Council tweeted that 3,000 people had been vaccinated at the centre on Wednesday.
“We vaccinated 3,000 people today at Walthamstow Library,” the council tweeted.
“Thank you to everyone who walked-in and the amazing Drs, NHS staff and volunteers who made it possible.”
On Wednesday, it was announced that a total of 4.1 million people in the UK are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, the equivalent of around one in 13 (7.8%) of adults.