Long queues faced people who had booked appointments for Covid-19 vaccine shots at an Auckland vaccination centre today. One woman faced an hour wait beyond her booking time.
The centre on Highbrook Drive has a capacity limit of 400 people, but by 10am, more than 500 people had reportedly shown up.
The centre was fully staffed this morning, ready to vaccinate 600 people.
A last-minute rush in for bookings was blamed for the delays, as border workers and their household contacts lined up.
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A woman told the Herald she was booked for 10am but was unseen until 11am.
"As soon as we became aware of the situation, we worked quickly to reduce the delay," a Northern Region Health Coordination Centre spokesperson told the Herald.
"People waiting in the queue to receive their vaccine were offered the opportunity to be vaccinated at another one of our centres, or to rebook for another time that would be convenient to them."
The queues have now cleared and people are receiving their vaccine within the anticipated timeframe of up to 90 minutes from arrival.