BC, people waiting in line for hours on Wednesday at a pop-up Govt-19 vaccination clinic in Surrey were outraged and frustrated to learn they would not get a shot.
At 1:30 p.m., Fraser Health staff were surrounded by a chaotic crowd to announce that anyone who did not receive a ticket from the Newton Athletic Park clinic would not be vaccinated.
Many of the waiters complained that they had quit their jobs and there were no previous signs that they were wasting time.
Jay Crew told CBC News that he had been waiting almost four hours at the time, and that a security guard had told him he was ranked 562nd out of 800 shots.
“What’s the point of this? You have to tell us ‘these people are going to get this.’ You can hand over the tickets in the morning,” he said.
“Where did all the vaccines go?”
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Fraser Health has been making the Fizer vaccine available to people over the age of 18 in the area, which is considered to be the most contagious.
Health authority staff at the site declined to comment on the record, but said there was no guarantee that those in line would get a shot. They told the crowd that the only way to guarantee a dose for a meeting.
But many of those deported complained of lack of contact.
“It’s not really organized. At least there should be megaphones or something,” Rhea said.
‘We could have done better’
Those in line complained about the lack of clarity about the clinic throughout the day.
Nick Lawson, 29, said he was there because he heard through the grapes that he would qualify. This week other pop-up clinics offered AstraZeneca footage, and they are only for people 30 and older.
But while waiting in line, Lawson heard conflicting information about age limits and how many people would be vaccinated.
“I hope I didn’t waste my time,” he said after standing in line for three hours. “Many of these people are involved in something as important as what needs to happen, especially the vaccine – it’s just communication.”
Speaking to reporters earlier on Wednesday, Health Minister Adrian Dix expressed concern about how Fraser Health Drop-in clinics have been managed so far this week.
“We could have done better in terms of communication, I agree with that,” he said.
Tuesday at two clinics in Surrey and Coquitlam, More than 4,000 doses of AstraZeneca Managed, according to health officials.
The vaccines were intended for people living in hotspot communities, but at the Coquitlam Clinic, no one who spoke to CBC News said they had left to live in another community.
Attendees at the clinics said they learned about them through word of mouth or social media, and have been criticized for making it difficult for those doing essential work or those with language barriers.
Dix promised that communication about pop-up clinics would improve, but the most important thing anyone can do to get a footage Register online Stay tuned for the province’s age-based plan and the announcement that they can book an appointment.
“The vast majority of those who received vaccinations in BC registered appointments,” he said.
Starting at midnight on Wednesday, people over the age of 58 are eligible for the vaccine appointment.