‘Hundreds’ of people have been pictured lining up to receive their Covid-19 jab at Home Park Plymouth Argyle stadium this evening.
The image taken at around 8:30pm (December, 14) shows more than 100 people queuing up to receive their coronavirus jab after the target for giving every adult in England a booster jab was brought forward by a month.
It comes just one day after Plymouth Live reported that there was no queue outside of the mass vaccination site, despite being on target for it’s ‘biggest ever vaccination day’.
However, one Plymouth resident shared their experience of the queue at Home Park in a statement on Twitter yesterday, claiming that there were around 500 people in the queue.
The Twitter user said: “Whilst I support everyone getting their booster, there are probably 500 people in the queue at Plymouth Argyle all stuck in a windowless tent.
“That can’t be sensible considering what we’re here for.”
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Staff and volunteers at Home Park’s vaccination centre have recorded the biggest vaccine day ever recorded yesterday (December 13).
The Home Park team recorded 3,108 jabs at the Plymouth Argyle stadium, while a further 359 were given at Mutley Baptist Church, where huge queues were seen in the area.
The previous highest number of vaccinations in any given day was 2,600.
Staff at Home Park had already given nearly half a million vaccinations in the last year in the last year at Argyle’s ground, at the former Derriford Hospital vaccination centre and in pop-up clinics around the city.
They had begun to add twilight clinics (running 10pm -2am) into the mix of booked appointments and walk-ins before the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday (12 December) of the Omicron emergency booster mission.
Earlier today, Plymouth Live reported that the Home Park team started the day with a fully-booked clinic, but took a decision yesterday to open up to walk-in vaccinations as well.
Sue Wilkins, director of mass vaccination and testing said: “We want people to get the best possible protection. Two doses of a vaccine more than three months ago, is not enough to stop you catching and getting symptomatic disease with the Omicron variant. But three doses prevents 70-75 per centof infections. So you do need a third dose to give you the protection you need. Please get your booster as soon as you’re eligible – don’t miss out.
“We have done everything we can to increase the number of people vaccinated, for example, changing the way we run our clinics. In mid-September we were giving an average of 5,300 vaccinations every week. In the week commencing Monday, November 6, we gave 16,905 vaccinations –more than a three-fold increase.
“Now we are looking at what more we can do to increase capacity in our clinics so no-one misses out as you can see from our efforts yesterday. We also plan to offer more twilight clinics that people can book into as well as more walk-in sessions. A massive thanks to our staff and volunteers for their flexibility and support with making this happen. They are going above and beyond.”
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