Vancouver Convention Center recall wait reaches 2 hours

Hundreds of people were forced to queue for hours to receive a booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Vancouver Convention Center on Thursday.

The line stretched from the east wing of the convention center at Canada Place along the waterfront to the west wing of the convention center near the terminal building.

Michael Silmont and his wife had made an appointment for 2:00 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. They stood in line outside for about 45 minutes before realizing the extent of the wait inside the building.

“There’s still about half an hour of waiting inside like you’re going to a stadium, for me that’s a high risk,” said Silmont. “The point of getting a recall is not to have (COVID-19).”

Silmont and his wife gave up the wait, saying having so many people inside seemed “worrying.” Silmont asked the workers why the wait was so long.

“They said, well because of the snow they were late from today,” he said.

He and his wife have now made an appointment at a pharmacy for the next week.

In a statement, Vancouver Coastal Health apologized for the inconvenience of wait times and thanked people for their patience. The health authority did not give a reason for the long delay, but the statement said, in part:

“We still experience hiccups in the first few days of a new clinic, and we’ve never vaccinated so many people on Day 1 (3,600 people) and Day 2 (5,000 people). “

The health authority also added that walk-in visits for booster injections will not be accepted.

However, some who were waiting in line on Thursday reported that site staff were not checking to see if people made an appointment in the first place.

Vancouver Coastal Health vaccination centers are open to walk-in people for those who have not yet received a first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. An appointment is required for the third doses and for children under 12 years old.

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