Calls have been made to tackle an issue with queues outside Llanelli's mass vaccination centre, where hundreds of people are being vaccinated against Covid-19.

Concerns were raised this week after people attending, the majority of who are in their 70s and 80s, were reportedly left waiting outside in "freezing temperatures" for at least 30 minutes, with longer waits inside the building.

A 76-year-old Amman Valley man, who did not want to be named, said he was left standing outside for half an hour during the recent cold spell.

"I was already feeling anxious about going out because it was the first time I had left the house in months," he said.

"I had to wait outside in freezing temperatures for a lengthy period of time; it was not a very nice experience."

The pensioner is calling on the health board to consider using local facilities for the next round of vaccines.

The plea has been backed by councillor Kevin Madge, Carmarthenshire shadow executive board member for social care and health, who has raised his own concerns over people having to travel for their vaccination.

He said: "People are being made to travel 15-20 miles for their first vaccination and are then told to wait outside for lengthy periods. This is totally unacceptable.

"With more than 40,000 people living in the Amman Valley and surrounding area I think it is time the health board looked at using facilities in the area that can be used as vaccination centres.

"The Amman Centre and Pensioners' hall in Ammanford and Cwmamman Day centre in Garnant are all buildings that can be utilised."

Carmarthenshire Labour leader Cllr Rob James has raised the issue with the health board and has asked that they consider opening another vaccination centre in the Amman or Gwendraeth Valley, to support those living in the valley communities and the north of the county.

Hywel Dda Health Board was approached for comment.