No more walk-in vaccines at Preston Grasshoppers as clinic reaches capacity

A drop-in vaccine service which opened in Preston today says it is no longer giving out jabs without appointments after being "overwhelmed" with demand.

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 2:53 pm
Updated Thursday, 13th May 2021, 9:14 am
The jabs were being offered on a first come, first served basis at Lancashire Vaccination Centre, based at Preston Grasshoppers rugby club in Lightfoot Green Lane, Fulwood

The clinic, based at Preston Grasshoppers rugby club in Fulwood, said it "reached capacity" just hours after opening this morning (Wednesday, May 12).

Hundreds of people reportedly showed up seeking a quick jab after the clinic invited anyone aged over 16 to attend, without need for an appointment.

The centre, run by Broadway Pharmacy, said it had 800 doses of the potentially life-saving Pfizer jabs which had to be used before their expiry date.

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Staff from Broadway Pharmacy were on hand to give out the Pfizer vaccine at the vaccination centre at Preston Grasshoppers rugby club today

The vaccines were to be given on a first come, first serve basis, and the clinic was to stay open until 8pm to accommodate as many people as possible.

But by 1pm, the clinic had reached capacity as long queues formed in the car park outside and staff began turning people away.

The clinic said it had been 'overwhelmed' by the response but were left with no option but to suspend the drop-in service early due to "sheer demand".

A spokesman for Broadway Pharmacy said: "I’m afraid due to a significant uptake this morning, we have now had to cancel the walk in clinic for the COVID vaccine at our vaccination site at Preston grasshoppers rugby club.

Broadway Pharmacy, which operates the clinic, said 800 surplus doses were being made available to anyone aged over 16 on a first come, first service basis today

"We apologise for any disruption or disappointment caused."

It added that anyone with a pre-booked appointment should still attend and their vaccination will take place as normal.

Broadway Pharmacy has not said whether it plans to hold further 'drop-in days' in the future.

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