PATIENTS awaiting their Covid vaccinations at the Hydro were forced to wait for more than an hour today. 

One patient - who did not wish to be named - said she was in a "massive queue" while waiting for her first dose of the vital jab. 

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She claimed those waiting on their second dose were in a separate queue and facing longer waits. 

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Another patient - who wished to remain anonymous - was waiting
more than an hour and a half to get his first dose of the vaccine at the jab site which has been set up in the Finnieston venue. 

He was due to get his vaccine at 12.10pm today but did not come out of the clinic until 2.20pm. 

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He said: "It's shocking, there are apparently not enough vaccinators. 

"People kept joining on to the end of the queue so it was only getting longer."

The health board has apologised for the delays and blamed an unexpected amount of people seeking jabs. 

A spokesman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde admitted there was also a number of staff absences yesterday which caused delays. 

He added: “Our staff across sites are working as hard as possible to minimise queuing times for the public, however, given the size of the rollout and the number of people to vaccinate, we do anticipate that there will be instances where people may have to wait longer than expected and we apologise to any patient who has experienced a delay in getting their jag because of this.

“We will do as much as we can to minimise these instances by moving staff from other, less busy sites to support based on uptake on any particular day, and by monitoring our sites and using feedback to help respond to local challenges and to plan for the remainder of the wider vaccine rollout.

“At the Hydro, a higher than expected uptake from the public, coupled with less staff than expected has caused queues today. However, from tomorrow we will have increased staffing levels, and look forward to welcoming those with appointments, and those who are able to take advantage of our drop-in clinic. As the drop-in runs all day, people need not feel anxious and can arrive throughout the day for their vaccination."