NHS medics queue in ‘freezing’ weather for hours after vaccine admin blunder

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NHS staff were forced to wait in bitterly cold weather after an admin blunder meant vaccine workers did not show up.

Medics and other hospital staff had to wait for two and a half hours for their vaccines outside Glasgow's Royal Infirmary on Monday.

NHS bosses have issued an apology for the vaccine workers' delay, Glasgow Live reported.

Patients missed appointments because medics including surgeons were stuck in the queue, according to a source.

Dozens of staff ended up waiting wearing only scrubs in 2C weather.

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The queue formed outside Glasgow Royal Infirmary

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The source said: "The administration of the vaccine even from the start has appeared to be completely random, with many public-facing members of staff still waiting to be vaccinated.

"Many of us along with myself had appointments from early this morning.

"We showed up and started queueing from eight.

"Our appointments were scheduled from morning to afternoon, but after an hour the queue didn't move.

"We were told vaccination staff hadn’t turned up, and there was no vaccine.

"We were to return by 11am – including those who were scheduled to be vaccinated earlier that day too.

"You can imagine the chaos of the situation."

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Another source said the queue was a mile long by 11am – when the jabs were meant to start. 

"I queued for two and a half hours before I got my vaccination, and even that was hours after my scheduled appointment," they said.

"There were any number of surgeons in the queue and the amount of appointments for patients that have had to be cancelled as surgeons cannot make clinics or operations – it's a huge embarrassment.

"Besides that, there is the issue of people standing in scrubs in only 2C queueing for hours."

Monica Lennon, Scottish Labour's Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “Rolling out the vaccine has to be the Scottish Government’s number one priority.

“This must be done as quickly and efficiently as possible, so it’s worrying to hear that frontline NHS staff are waiting in long queues.

“The Scottish government must ensure we have enough vaccinators and sites to prevent this from happening.

“Hospitals are struggling to cope and staffing levels are at crisis point. We need to make it easy as possible for staff to get their jabs.

“Health Secretary Jeane Freeman must update Parliament next week on how the vaccine programme is going and agree to publish a daily progress report.”

A spokeswoman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde apologised for the delay.

She said: "We sincerely apologise to anyone who was unable to receive their Covid-19 vaccination this morning at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

"Unfortunately due to a scheduling error, vaccination staff were not on-site to provide vaccinations this morning. We are sorry for this mistake.

"We are making arrangements for those who have missed their appointment to be offered another appointment this afternoon or another appointment this week."

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