About 50 anti-vaccine protesters milling about the entrance to the Dodger Stadium coronavirus vaccination site on Saturday, Jan. 30, prompted officials to close the gate for almost an hour before the protesters dispersed.
Everyone in line eventually got vaccinated, said firefighter David Ortiz, a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Fire Department.
But traffic into the stadium was halted from 1:50 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. when people carrying signs and chanting slogans attempted to enter the grounds, and officials closed the gates to prevent that, Ortiz said.
Images on social media showed people with signs reading “Covid = scam,” “99.96 survival rate,” and “Tell Bill Gates to Vaccinate Himself,” a reference to a baseless conspiracy theory that microchips would be implanted in vaccines that could be used to control the population by a New World Order.
Others chanted “This is not a vaccine,” “Sheep led to their slaughter” and “This is a treatment. You are submitting to be a lab rat in real time.”
No arrests were made, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Rosario Cervantes, a department spokeswoman.
The LAPD tweeted out that their department did not shut the gates.
We are aware of social media posts referring to protestors showing up at the Dodger Stadium COVID-19 vaccination site. Preliminary reports are that protestors remained peaceful. The LAPD did NOT close the gates, and per LA City Fire, all scheduled vaccines will be delivered. https://t.co/l5zEW3UAOt
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) January 31, 2021
Officials expect to vaccinate 12,000 people there each day.
They went to Dodger Stadium https://t.co/e5uXZ5QUGd
— tony pierce (@busblog) January 30, 2021
We’re at the mass vaccination site at Dodger Stadium to get my mom the vaccine. The anti–vax protestors have approached the entrance to the site. The LAPD have now closed the gate. We have been sitting here for about half an hour. Nobody is moving. pic.twitter.com/GrJPA5wrqx
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) January 30, 2021
Source: Orange County Register