Protesters temporarily block Dodger Stadium vaccination site

Dodger Stadium Vax Site
Posted at 5:51 PM, Jan 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-30 20:51:35-05

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Fire Department Saturday shut down the gates of the Dodger Stadium COVID-19 vaccination site for almost an hour after protesters tried to get inside.

The gates were shut from 1:50 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. to keep protesters out, according to LAFD Firefighter David Ortiz.

The Los Angeles Police Department estimated there were 50 protesters and reported no arrests.

Video from the scene showed one protester with a sign urging the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom. A photo showed one sign that said, "Save your soul. Turn back now." Some of them carried signs decrying the COVID-19 vaccine and shouting for people not to get the shots. There were no incidents of violence.

When the gates closed, everyone inside received their vaccines, while those locked out got their shots after the protesters left.

Chief Michel Moore tweeted, "Working with our public safety partners to ensure everyone with an appointment gets their vaccine today."

On its Facebook page, a group called Shop Mask Free Los Angeles promoted the demonstration as "All Things COVID Protest and March from 12-3 p.m."