Some students managed to queue long enough to get vaccinated (Picture: Ollie Leitelmayer)
Hundreds of students told they could get vaccinated at a walk-in centre were sent home after queuing for up to eight hours.
The scheme in Bournemouth was suspended after being overwhelmed on its second day.
A queue outside a pop-up vaccine hub in Bournemouth International Centre stretched for a quarter of a mile down the road after three universities based in the city announced all students over 18 could get a jab there.
It opened on Tuesday and was meant to run for a week, but on Wednesday the uni stated on its Facebook page: ‘Due to the high numbers, unfortunately no further student slots are available for the time being.’
The scheme was beset with problems before it even opened, with long queues forming even before the facility was opened and students told to come back another day.
Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust said its offer was intended only for priority groups.
Bournemouth University claimed it was told ‘all students’ could attend.
Arts University Bournemouth and AECC students were also invited, according to a statement uploaded on BU’s website on May 18.
Queues stretched for a quarter of a mile outside the pop-up vaccine hub (Picture: BournemouthEcho/BNPS)
Dorset Healthcare NHS Trust said: ‘Working with Bournemouth University we offered spare capacity at the centre to students in priority groups, many of whom are soon to travel home.’
‘The university will be communicating directly with their students about capacity this week.’
A BU spokesperson said: ‘While we encouraged priority groups to attend, we were advised that all students over the age of 18 were able to take advantage of this opportunity.’
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