housands of individuals descended on Chinatown in extraordinary scenes after a council promised Covid-19 jabs with no appointment, NHS quantity or ID.
Crowds gathered on the pavement outdoors a barber store following an advert posted on the Chinese Information and Advice Centre charity’s web site saying “undocumented migrants” had been welcome to get a jab on the specifically appointed bus.
The bus, run by Westminster Council, is an official service facilitated by the Government and NHS visiting completely different places inside the space.
The CIAC advert mentioned: “A vaccine bus is on the market in London Chinatown to supply free vaccine jab to the Community with out appointment.
“You DO NOT have to have: NHS quantity, any proof of handle, private identification. Undocumented migrants additionally welcomed. Stay secure! Get vaccinated!”
Coronavirus jabs can usually solely be booked through the NHS web site or at a GP surgical procedure.
Vaccine buses have popped up across the UK with volunteer teams enlisted to assist run them in areas the place take-up has been low equivalent to Luton and Bolton.
However, the demand in Chinatown seems to be by far the best seen to date.
Anti-vaxxer Piers Corbyn, brother of ex-Labour chief Jeremy, turned as much as lead a protest urging folks to not get the jab.
A gaggle of girls chanted “disgrace on you” at folks onboard the bus.
To counter fears, pamphlets had been delivered via the doorways of native companies per week earlier than the arrival of the vaccine bus to encourage folks to attend.
A spokesman for the North-West London Clinical Commissioning Group, which arrange the vaccine bus, mentioned: “The provide of the Covid vaccine is on the market to folks over the age of 30 and people within the precedence teams as outlined by the JCVI [joint committee on vaccination and immunisation].
“Getting the vaccine is the only most necessary step we will take to guard ourselves, our households and our communities towards Covid-19 and we stay dedicated to working with the local people to make sure all those that are eligible can obtain their vaccine.”