Garcetti: Dodger Stadium vaccine site to close for 2 days, as ‘first-dose’ Moderna vaccine runs low
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday, Feb. 10, that the massive Dodger Stadium clinic will be closed for at least two days this week, with the city’s current supply of first-dose Moderna vaccines expected to run out.
“This is an enormous hurdle in our race to vaccinate Angelenos,” Garcetti said during his evening briefing on Wednesday. “And unfortunately, it means that we will have to temporarily close Dodger Stadium and the other four non-mobile vaccination sites for two days, on Friday and Saturday.”
Garcetti said this supply hurdle does not affect people seeking a second dose, supplies for which are expected next week, when the city-run vaccine sites reopen.
Meanwhile, Garcetti issued a call for more vaccines to be supplied to the city. He said that recent deliveries of vaccine supplies have been steadily dwindling, down to 16,000 this week. That is typically how much is administered in a day, he said.
“That is unacceptable,” he said. “I’m not here to point fingers. I’m here, as always, to be a partner. But I want to be clear. Los Angeles needs more doses.”
Earlier this week, confusing communication left many appointments unfilled at the Chavez Ravine site. Emails went out to people who got their first Pfizer vaccine dose at one of five of the county’s giant mega-pod sites, reminding them of their second dose appointment.
But the emails also went to some who got their first Moderna vaccine at smaller county community sites.
Ultimately, the situation was corrected and all those needing to get the Pfizer vaccine got it, and corrected notifications were sent to the group needing the Moderna vaccine, Ferrer said.