LA officials say things are running more smoothly today at Dodger Stadium, where many seniors waited several hours Wednesday to get a COVID-19 shot.
"It was very, very, very frustrating," says Cari Beauchamp. She got one of the coveted first appointments with the help of one of her sons but she didn't get a shot.
She says she showed up early, missed her appointment time because she the line was so long and got a cancellation notice. She couldn't find anyone to answer her questions but stayed in the line for hours. Running low on gas and still nowhere near the gate, she gave up and left.
"You don't want to be overly hopeful if you are actually going to finally get something but after a year of laying low you have got a light at the end of the tunnel. And to feel so manipulated and so used and abused," she says.
LA Deputy Mayor Jeff Gorell says in an email the vaccination records database crashed yesterday, which delayed processing, a problem that's been fixed. The site has also staffed up and wait times are down to about half an hour.
Residents in this high-priority age group should visit VaccinateLACounty.com to schedule their appointments, which will begin Wednesday, January 20th. Residents who don’t have computer access may call (833) 540-0473 between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. for assistance with reservations.
He says everyone who was in line last night got a shot. More than 7,700 shots were administered yesterday.
Meanwhile, Beauchamp plans to return to Dodger Stadium on Monday morning, for her second shot at getting her first dose.