A VACCINATION center at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles was forced to close temporarily after it was stormed by anti-vaxxers.
The group of Coronavirus deniers shouted “you are lab rats” at elderly patients queueing to get their vaccines at the Elysian Park stadium today.
The protesters forced the gates of the Dodger Stadium to be temporarily closed as police arrived at the scene
The anti-vaxxers held signs as they blocked the gates to Dodger Stadium, a temporary vaccination site
Protesters were heard telling a man in his car that his ‘dog was smarter’ as he queued for his vaccine
The disruption caused the gates to be temporarily closed to the vaccination center, as the gang brandished signs that read messages like “end the lockdown” and “Covid=scam”.
Hundreds of vaccine patients, who had already been queuing for an hour were forced to wait in their cars amid the protest chaos.
The Los Angeles Fire Department closed the gates at around 2pm as a “precaution” officials said.
The demonstrators came from anti-vaccine and far-right groups, and although there were no acts of violence, they were reportedly hurling abuse at citizens awaiting their jabs.
Los Angeles Police Department arrived at the scene to break the protest up.
German Jaquez, a dentist who drove from his home in La Verne had already been waiting an hour for his vaccination when the gates were closed.
He claimed some of the anti-vaxxers were telling people in the queue that “coronavirus is not real and the vaccination is dangerous.”
“This is completely wrong. This is the wrong message,” he told Los Angeles Times.
He added: “I’ve been waiting for weeks to get an appointment. I am a dentist; I am taking a big risk being around patients.
“I want to be safe for my patients and for my family. The vaccine is the only way to beat the virus.”
Mikel Jollett, an author from Silver Lake, took to Twitter: “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.”
In one video, the jeering anti-vaxxers were seen pressing signs against car windows.
One protester was heard saying to a man who was in his car with a dog in the back: “Like sheep running to their death. Your dog is smarter than you.”
Earlier this month it was announced officials were planning on vaccinating up to 12,000 a day once the site was fully up and running.
The site is open from 8am to 8pm and is one of the largest in the country.
Mayor Eric Garcetti said previously: “Vaccines are the surest route to defeating this virus and charting a course to recovery, so the city, county, and our entire team are putting our best resources on the field to get Angelenos vaccinated as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible.”
A post on social media described the protest as a “Scamdemic protest/march.”
It told followers to “refrain from wearing Trump/MAGA attire as we want our statement to resonate with the sheeple. No flags but informational signs only.”
The center had plans to vaccinate 12,000 a day Credit: AP:Associated Press
The mask-less protesters laughed as they circled cars that had been waiting hours to get to the center