Young people queue for hours at Covid vaccine centre as it opens up to over-18s

Young people keen for clubbing and travel have flocked to a health centre and queued for hours to get a Covid-19 vaccine.

Belmont Health Centre in Stanmore, Harrow, is open today, 5 June, to over-18s who are still waiting for their first vaccine and who live or work in Harrow.

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Pfizer jabs are being handed out all day at the walk-in clinic and people do not need to be registered with the practice to get their vaccine.

National eligibility criteria in England states that only those aged 30 and over are currently being invited for their first jab, and it is understood health officials want to prioritise that cohort in Harrow rather than younger age groups.

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The poster advertising the walk-in centre clearly states that people aged 18 and over can come along and the majority of the large crowd queued up appear to be in their 20s.

By mid-morning, a huge queue had formed in the area of the health centre, with the line snaking around a car park and stretching down the street.

Among them were 20-year-old students Jamie Lesser and Daniel Simmons who arrived at around 8.15am.

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Mr Lesser said it will be a relief to get the jab.

“If all plans go ahead, clubs are going to open in three weeks’ time and we both have plans to go out,” he added.

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He said he has clubbing plans for “about five days in a row” if nightclubs open, “making up for the last year and a half”.

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