Young Victorians who have been desperately waiting hours for the Covid vaccine are being turned away from hubs
Desperate young people who have waited for hours at Melbourne’s vaccine hubs are turned away as health workers struggle to meet high demand
- Young Victorians who queued for hours at vaccination centers have been turned away
- Massive crowds saw health workers grapple with high demand
- Victoria opened bookings at state-run hubs for people aged 16-39 this week
- Many queuing at the hubs struggled to book online when the systems crashed
- Prime Minister Dan Andrews has urged Victorians to be patient and keep trying
Young Victorians who queued for hours at vaccine centers in Melbourne, desperate to get the Pfizer shot, have been told to leave as health workers struggle to meet high demand.
The surge in demand has coincided with Prime Minister Daniel Andrews’ announcement that the state will open vaccine bookings for people aged 16-39 at hubs on Wednesday.
Huge numbers of young Victorians desperate for the jab logged into the health website to have the booking site outage twice, and the telephone booking system had long wait times for residents.
Young Victorians who queued for hours at vaccine centers have been turned away as health workers struggle to meet high demand
Those unable to book online or by phone were advised to visit the mass vaccination hubs in hopes of securing a spot.
Huge crowds arrived at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Center on Thursday, some of which were turned away by staff after standing in line for up to four hours.
Claire McVea and Siena St Clair came to the vaccination center after struggling to book online.
Mrs. McVea said: news.com.au: ‘For weeks there is nothing left on the system.
“It’s really frustrating because it’s hard when you can’t do a lot of things or go to a lot of places because you haven’t been vaccinated.”
Many of the young Victorians queuing at vaccine hubs said they struggled to book online for the jab
University student Michelle Wei told the publication: “I’ve tried to book online, but the next available appointment is in October, and I’m afraid that will clash with the last week of my exams.”
Prime Minister Andrews acknowledged there were difficulties for more than a million people trying to access vaccine appointments, but he has asked his state to be patient.
“I would encourage people to go back and stick to it because it’s the way out of the restrictions and out of our hospitals that are overwhelmed and our way back to normal life,” said Mr Andrews.
A record 33,932 vaccines were delivered at Victorian-run hubs on Wednesday, the largest day of state-issued vaccinations to date.
More than 34,000 managed to book an appointment for Thursday despite the queues, and a further 200,000 made bookings for dates later this week and beyond.
Prime Minister Dan Andrews has acknowledged the problems surrounding online booking but has told Victorians to be patient and keep trying