Man left angry after being kicked out of Covid vaccine appointment because he arrived on a bicycle

Man left angry after being kicked out of Covid vaccine appointment because he arrived on a bicycle

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A man said he became furious after being fired from his coronavirus vaccine appointment because he was on a bicycle.
John Cooper, 61, said his invitation letter did not state the Carmarthen vaccination center was a drive-thru, only allowing cars to pass.

On Monday March 22, Mr Cooper rode his bike from Ammanford to Swansea and took the train to Carmarthen, cycling to the facility before being turned away.

He said, “Why didn’t he say in my letter of invitation that it was a drive-thru?” Of course, I would have called the number indicated and rearranged the meeting. It says in this letter that you can call if you have special needs or if the timing is not convenient for you, but no mention of drive-thru. ”

John Cooper was furious his letter did not mention his appointment was at a drive-thru vaccination center

Mr Cooper said he was baffled when bouncers outside the center suggested he would be allowed to take his shot if he called a cab.

“I was a little angry and one of the bouncers suggested that I come out of the entrance to the fairgrounds and call a cab, then I could come back by cab,” he said.

“I was just puzzled. What is safe about booking a taxi and then sitting for half an hour with a taxi driver? There was no breaking the rules allowing you to ride a bike, but there was this stupid suggestion to book a taxi so I headed back to Swansea.

“Then when I got home, of course, I had to call that number on the letter to rearrange my date.

Bouncers also told him that he was not the only person to arrive at the center without a car.

“The bouncers told me they had to refuse various people to enter, presumably they were from the local area,” he said.

“The real problem was just that there was no mention of it on the letter, because of that you would think there might be a courtesy car or something for people going down without a car.

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Mr Cooper said on his return home he managed to book his first shot at a walk-in center in Llanelli, which he had on Friday, March 26.

However, he believes that the hassle and the travel could have easily been avoided if the information had been clearly presented on the letter. He said he was lucky that cycling was a choice for him, but fears it could have been more detrimental to others.

“I think it could also be a problem for people who cannot afford to buy a car, who go there without knowing that they need it to be vaccinated,” he said. he declares.

A spokesperson for the Hywel Dda University Health Board said: “We are very sorry to read Mr Cooper’s experience on our Carmarthenshire Showground site.

“We have seven mass vaccination sites across Hywel Dda, and for operational efficiency and to provide as many options as possible to access the vaccine, our exposure site is managed as a drive through. All other sites are within walking distance. All letters for the Covid-19 vaccination program at Hywel Dda UHB are centrally generated.

“We are urgently looking to ensure that we do all we can to make them clearer in terms of local services in the future. We provide transportation to anyone who needs it to access our mass vaccination site, and you can access transportation to and from there. mass vaccination sites via our Covid information line on 0300 303 8322. ”

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