Los Angeles residents stalk Covid vaccine sites in hopes of leftover doses
County officials have no official policy, but they also don’t want injections to go to waste – to some people’s benefit
Douglas wasn’t sure where to go as he crossed the parking lot at the Inglewood Forum last week. The 40-something-year old Los Angeles resident had gotten a hot tip from a friend that there were often dozens of doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine leftover at night. Concerned he wouldn’t get a chance to make an appointment to be vaccinated for months, he approached the injection tents as the sky turned dusky, to ask if they had any spares.
Los Angeles is vaccinating health care workers, first responders and residents older than 65. But as the region battles one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the US, people are chasing vaccine doses ahead of their allotted tier, queuing in lines for hours, visiting sites after the official time ends. Information about where to show up for extra doses and when is typically passed word of mouth.