Speaking from Dodger Stadium, which he proposed to be the “largest Covid-19 vaccination site” in the country – and possibly the world – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that Los Angeles’ five vaccination sites had previously administered vaccines to more than 80,000 people. The mayor said that as of Wednesday alone, facilities at Dodger Stadium administered 7,730 doses.
“The last person came out here, I think around 11,” the mayor said, indicating that while the lines still meandered through the grounds, those running the site decided to keep the doors open after closing time. . We’ve probably had more vaccinations here than anywhere in the county if not in the world.
Garcetti also revealed that tomorrow at the end of the day, Los Angeles will have finished offering vaccines to all residents of qualified nursing facilities.
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These are important achievements, but they have not gone without a hitch.
Garcetti admitted that many at Dodger Stadium waited hours on Wednesday to get their shots. A senior told Deadline he waited four hours in line. While the mayor insisted the wait time on Thursday was no more than an hour and was on average around 30-40 minutes, he apologized to those who waited on Wednesday.
Still, Garcetti urged Angelenos to refuel, bring snacks, and use the bathroom before queuing at Dodger Stadium.
One resident who likely didn’t have to wait four hours was former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who tweeted a video of his vaccination at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. Arnold said, “I’ve never been happier to wait in a line.”
Today was a good day. I have never been so happy to wait in line. If you are eligible, join me and sign up to receive your vaccine. Come with me if you want to live! pic.twitter.com/xJi86qQNcm
– Arnold Schwarzenegger) January 20, 2021
The site’s original goal was to deliver 12,000 doses per day, and Garcetti said they are still working towards that – they have to do it if they are to be effective. Garcetti said that at the current rate of vaccination in Los Angeles, not all healthcare workers and the elderly will be vaccinated until June. He says the pace will pick up.
He pleaded with state and federal authorities for more doses before saying, “We know we’ll have more vaccines, so we won’t stay at this rate.
Garcetti also indicated that there are currently two lines of cars circulating on the site. The plan is to add a third queue soon to speed things up.