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Pensioners walk the plank to get to Birminghams new vaccination centre at Millennium Point – Birmingham Live

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Pensioners have been pictured ‘walking the plank’ to reach the mass vaccination centre at Birmingham’s Millennium Point.

West Midlands Police said officers were tasked with ensuring pensioners walked safely across a stretch of canal as they made their way to the venue today, Monday, January 11.

The West Midlands Police Support Unit took to Twitter to post a picture of an officer helping an elderly man cross the stretch of water.

They tweeted: “Officers have been tasked with overseeing the first day of the @NHSuk COVID-19 vaccination centre. This involves providing reassurance & helping wherever we can such as providing a steady arm to cross! Please don’t turn up until your allocated time to ease waiting.”

The picture of the tricky route did cause come concern online.

The Millennium Point Vaccination Centre
(Image: WMP)

Amy Crowley posted: “Are they really getting elderly people to walk across a plank for a vaccine what madness.”

Progressive Paramedic tweeted: “Vaccine or not that is some truly breathtakingly poor accessibility design for that building.”

Paul Shepherd tweeted: “A typical British muddle through. Surely there is something better than this or was it stepping stones before?”

Nicky B posted: “Who decided the location of this test centre.”

The WMP Support Unit was quick to address concerns, tweeting that the route over the water wasn’t the main access point to the vaccination centre.

They tweeted: “To all the concerns regarding the route: We can assure you that this wasn’t the main route to the vaccination centre but some chose this little cut through when getting dropped off by taxi’s and of course we were on hand to offer a helping hand.”