LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Thousands of COVID-19 vaccine appointment slots were available Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, following what appeared to be a mix-up in messaging.
“That’s hilarious,” David Scadron, who drove an elderly family member to the site, said. “It’s just totally laughable how dysfunctional the distribution process has been. It’s kind of embarrassing.”READ MORE: At Least 15 People Killed After SUV, Big-Rig Collide In Imperial County
On Monday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said it would only be providing second doses at county-run sites due to a lack of availability, but Dodger Stadium is a city-run site, meaning that it was still providing shots to anyone who was eligible.
“This week it has been less people signing up, but we’re reminding people that if you’re in that tier — 65 plus or a healthcare worker — this is your opportunity,” David Ortiz, a firefighter with the Los Angeles Fire Department, said.READ MORE: Publication Ceases For 6 Dr. Seuss Books Due To 'Hurtful, Wrong' Portrayals Of Minorities
For much of the day, the super site, which usually boasts hours-long waits, was virtually empty with cars coming in and out with little resistance.
“I’ve tried every day for weeks, and I managed to get one today,” one man said. “I’m very thankful to get this vaccination.”
By the end of the night, about 4,800 slots remained. Officials said the doses slotted for those appointments will be used Wednesday.MORE NEWS: Disneyland’s COVID Vaccine Site To Temporarily Close To Install Drive-Thru Access
Officials said there are still appointments available for the remainder of the week at Dodger Stadium for those in eligible groups. Appointments can be made on the city of Los Angeles’ website.