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Edinburgh Live
John Paul Clark

Edinburgh Covid booster queues lasting hours as desperate locals stand in rain

Edinburgh locals are facing long queues and two hour waits in the rain to get their Covid-19 booster this week.

The Scottish Government have urged people to get the booster jabs this week as the Omicron variant spreads as eager punters having been lining up through the capital city.

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NHS Lothian have 13 vaccine hubs across the city ready to give people their vaccine booster but some people are having to wait for hours.

The Ocean Terminal vaccination clinic had massive queues for most of the day yesterday and the closing time was said have been extended.

It is meant to operate from 11am to 7pm but people were still in the queue as the closing time approached.

A spokesperson for Ocean Terminal described the scenes yesterday as “absolutely mental” and said there were queues throughout the day but could not confirm the exact time the hub stop giving people their jabs.

Leith Pharmacy on Great Junction Street are offering booster and people have been queuing up for the past two days.

However, some reported having to wait for hours online.

One said: “We got our boosters there at lunch time. 2 hours in the queue but staff were lovely.”

Another added: “Queue is pretty long - it might be about an hour wait they say.”

It wasn’t just Leith, Edinburgh residents faced queus at other sites across the city.

Another said: “In the queue at Sighthill, Edinburgh, for my booster. Waiting time about 2 hour”

And one added: “Folk in Edinburgh — places are accepting drop-ins. I tried it at Leith Pharmacy and Ocean Terminal. Wait times were a bit long (1.5 hours), but well worth it — go if you can!”

NHS Lothian say that anyone over 40 can book a booster jab, as long as it has been 12 weeks since they received their last dose but they warn there will be queues.

A spokesperson said: “Drop-in clinics for booster vaccinations for people over the age of 40 have been rolled out in some vaccination clinics across Lothian.

"However, it must be stressed that if you choose to use a drop-in clinic, instead of booking an appointment in advance, you may have to wait in queues to be seen.

“If you choose to drop-in, please help keep everyone safe by wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing, even if you have to queue outside.”

The Scottish Government are considering bringing in the Armed Forces to help with the booster programme.

Nicola Sturgeon said: “We will continue to expand the size of the overall vaccination workforce as much as possible and make full use of any military support that is available.”

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