A library in east London has seen long lines as it has been announced that people may come in for a surplus Covid-19 vaccine stock.
The Walthamstow Library vaccinated 3,000 people on Wednesday after calling on locals for temporary replacement vaccines, which were prioritized based on risk.
Stella Creasy, Labor MP for Walthamstow, tweeted on Wednesday morning about the additional supply, saying: “Walthamstow, there is an additional supply of the Covid-19 vaccine today in the library.
“If you are 50 and over; 18+ with a health problem; a caregiver; a health and social services or blue light worker, you can enter before 6:30 p.m. for the 1st vaccine. Bring the NHS number and proof of the category you are in! ”
Several Twitter users reported that the queues last for up to two hours, with some saying anyone over 18 can queue for a spare Covid-19 vaccine.
The Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group clarified that only people in risk categories can receive excess vaccines.
The group said on Twitter: “Please do not go to the Walthamstow Library for a vaccine this afternoon unless you have an appointment to get the vaccine.
“We are unable to vaccinate people who are not in the specified groups. We’ll keep you posted on other drop-in events. “
The Waltham Forest Council tweeted that 3,000 people had been vaccinated at the center on Wednesday.
“We vaccinated 3,000 people today at the Walthamstow Library,” the council tweeted.
“Thank you to everyone who came in and to the amazing Drs, NHS staff and volunteers who made this 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 about one in 13 adults (7.8%).