LOS ANGELES (AP) – One of the nation’s largest coronavirus vaccination centers temporarily closed Saturday after dozens of protesters blocked access, barring hundreds of motorists who had been lining up for hours, the Los Angeles newspaper reported. Times.
As a precaution, the Los Angeles Fire Department closed the entrance to the vaccination center installed at Dodger Stadium around 2 p.m., officials told the newspaper.
Among the protesters were members of anti-vaccine and far-right groups, according to the Times. Some of them carried posters censoring the COVID-19 vaccine and yelled at people not to inoculate.
There were no incidents of violence, according to the newspaper.
“This is totally wrong,” said German Jaquez, who drove from his home in La Verne and had an hour queuing to receive his vaccine by the time the stadium gates were closed. Jaquez pointed out that some protesters were telling those in line that the coronavirus is not real and that vaccines are dangerous.
An official indicated that the Fire Department planned to reopen the vaccination center at 3:00 in the afternoon. The place usually operates from 8:00 in the morning to 8:00 at night.
A message spread on social networks described the demonstration as the “PROTEST / MARCH AGAINST TIMOPANDEMIA”.
The message recommended that participants “please refrain from wearing clothing allusive to Trump and Make America Great Again because we want our position to resonate with sheep. No flags but informational banners only.
“This is a protest to share information and a march against everything related to COVID, vaccines, polymerase chain reaction tests, lockdowns, mask use, Fauci, Gates, Newsom, China, tracking digital, etcetera ”.