Protesters “stop” the largest vaccination site
Outside Dodger Stadium, one of the largest vaccination sites in the United States, a group of protesters gathered to block vaccination efforts.
“Novel coronavirus is a hoax,” “Don’t be a guinea pig,” “Take off your mask,” “End the blockade.”
Vaccinations at the Dodger Stadium site were temporarily suspended because of protesters’ disruption. The site is located in Los Angeles County, California, USA.
Protesters outside the Dodger Stadium inoculation site. Photo by Los Angeles Times. Photo by Los Angeles Times.
About 50 people protested outside Dodger Stadium, blocking the entrance to the vaccination site, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.
The protesters included people from anti-vaccine groups and right-wing groups. They kept Shouting out old “conspiracy theories” like “Novel coronavirus is fake” and “Vaccinations are dangerous” to people waiting in line for vaccinations. And many of the protesters at the scene were not wearing masks or taking protective measures.
“You’re becoming a lab rat.” “I’m doing this for you, not me.” “Said one protester.
The protesters’ actions have frustrated hundreds of people who have been queuing at the site, some for hours, for the shots. Videos on social media show a long queue of cars with people waiting anxiously in their cars to be vaccinated.
Photos of the protests were taken on social media
Not only that, the protests reportedly closed the Dodger Stadium site around 2 p.m. that day. Los Angeles police were called to the scene, but they did not make any arrests.
Andrea Garcia, a spokeswoman for the mayor of Los Angeles, said the protest halted vaccinations for nearly an hour, but that no appointments had been canceled.
“We will not be deterred or threatened,” Gov. Gavin Newsom of California said on social media. By about 3 p.m., Dodger Stadium had reopened.
The Los Angeles Times suggested that the protesters may have been right-wing supporters of the former president as well. One protest organizer on social media advised participants not to wear clothes with “Trump” and “MAGA” logos because they wanted their message to resonate, rather than draw attention to it through a special logo.
California is the epicentre of the current U.S. outbreak. More than 3.2 million people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the state and more than 40,000 have died, the report said. In Los Angeles County alone, 16,000 people died.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of January 31 local time, a total of 4,993,250 doses of the new crown vaccine had been distributed nationwide, with 2,5201,143 people receiving the first dose and 565,7142 the second.