Long Lines At Boston Walk-In Clinic After City Workers Book Appointments


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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Mayor Michelle Wu got her COVID booster shot Thursday at a vaccine clinic set up at the mezzanine of Boston City Hall.

The clinic provided first, second, and booster doses of the COVID vaccine to any eligible Boston residents. The clinic had over 500 doses of vaccines available to be administered.

However, there was great confusion about whether or not people needed to get appointments or if they could just walk in for a shot.

A long line formed at City Hall of people walking in and waiting for over an hour to get their boosters, but some as one man who attended the clinic said, some people in line had made appointments and were taken out of the line while others without appointments were turned away.

"There have been people pulled from the line for their appointments," he said. "I didn't realize there were appointments."

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Those who had appointments were reportedly city employees, as they were allowed to book appointments for their shots while the general public had to wait for walk-ins. City employees took up about 200 of the 500 available doses.

Mayor Wu acknowledged the confusion at the clinic and said she quickly worked to make sure the confusion was resolved.

"We're still in the learning phase," Mayor Wu said. "This is the first time we've done this kind of walk-in clinic here on the mezzanine level and there are many improvements that are needed. But very quickly we were able to make sure this was clearly a walk-in [clinic] open to the public."

The City of Boston has five other walk-in clinics available located in Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury, Hyde Park, and Roslindale. At these clinics, they will offer first, second, and booster doses of the COVID vaccine.

WBZ's Karyn Regal (@KarynRegal) reports.

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