Thousands of frustrated students miss out on vaccine after supplies run out at UCL clinic while Generation Z queue for six hours to get jabbed in London as 1,500 swarm on walk-in clinic
- Thousands of young people lined up to get their coronavirus vaccine in London
- Even when temperatures reached 25C the majority in line kept their masks on
- One student joined the queue at 10.30am and only reached halfway by 2.30pm
- Elsewhere thousands were left disappointed as supplies of the vaccine ran out
There was disappointment for thousands of frustrated students yesterday as supplies ran out at a vaccination clinic held at University College London by NHS Camden.
Some people started queuing as early as 5am in a bid to be among the first 450 people given a ticket to receive their jab.
But the Telegraph reported most of those who later joined the queue at the Hunter Street Clinic near King’s Cross station were to be disappointed with thousands of students turned away.
Ammara Hughes, the GP and clinical director of Hunter Street Clinic, said: ‘Our initial push was to get the student population from around here who aren’t registered with a GP, because we had no way of contacting them
‘So that’s what we asked, we worked with our local universities to say, “We’ll run a walk-in clinic for that group”. And then all of a sudden, everybody found out about the vaccine.
‘Obviously we have a limit as to how many appointments we can give them in one day.’
UCL students queue outside a vaccination centre for young people and students at the Hunter Street Health Centre, in London, June 5
Meanwhile, after 15 months of weekends stuck at home, Generation Z could be forgiven for wanting to spend their Saturday soaking up the sun in a beer garden with friends.
Instead around 1,500 young people in their late teens and twenties yesterday spent up to six hours queuing for the Covid vaccine while elsewhere thousands were left disappointed as supplies ran out.
News that the Pfizer jab was being handed out to over-18s at a walk-in clinic in Harrow, North-West London, soon spread and it wasn’t long before the line snaked around the car park and down a nearby street. Altruism was not, however, the only motivation.
People queue outside a vaccination centre for young people and students at the Hunter Street Health Centre, June 5
The jabs were handed out at the Belmont Health Centre, but people did not need to be registered with the practice – or indeed any GP – to receive the first dose
‘I’m here so I can get as drunk as possible when the clubs reopen,’ said one 19-year-old.
‘I’ve been waiting six hours. I got here at 8.30am and now only stubbornness is keeping me going.’
The desire to go clubbing was a recurring theme as was a wish among students to visit relatives abroad and go travelling.
History student Niamh Neville, 22, joined the queue at 10.30am and had only reached the halfway point by 2.30pm.
News that the Pfizer jab was being handed out to over-18s at a walk-in clinic in Harrow, North-West London, soon spread
‘We’ve wasted a year so I may as well waste a day to get it,’ she said. ‘I want to see my family in Ireland and I have a lot of elderly relatives. We might have to wait until July –and that’s just too long.’
Her boyfriend Daniel Sehindler, who also attends University College London, said: ‘The pandemic has been terrible for us. We’ve been stuck in our rooms. The earliest you can get the vaccine the better. We’ll just call it a romantic day out.’
The jabs were handed out at the Belmont Health Centre, but people did not need to be registered with the practice – or indeed any GP – to receive the first dose.
Even when temperatures reached 25C, the majority in the queue kept their masks on. Only by early evening were people being turned away and told to return today.