L.A. officials allowed dozens without medical credentials to skip line, get COVID-19 vaccine

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At a checkpoint for a vaccination site in South L.A. on Tuesday, officers from the Los Angeles Fire Department turned away those who did not have an appointment and documentation of a job in the healthcare industry.(Christina House/Los Angeles Times)

At a checkpoint for a vaccination site in South L.A. on Tuesday, officers from the Los Angeles Fire Department turned away those who did not have an appointment and documentation of a job in the healthcare industry.(Christina House/Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles County’s vaccine distribution effort hit a rocky patch this week, as officials administering Moderna shots at pop-up sites allowed some people who are not healthcare workers to skip the line and get immunized weeks or months before they are eligible.

Crowds of desperate people seeking early access to the vaccine led to longer lines and headaches for workers at four sites run by the city of Los Angeles set up to provide doses exclusively for healthcare employees.

But at one South L.A. vaccination site, a Times reporter watched as about 100 people were admitted for immunizations without showing proof that they worked in the healthcare industry. One woman said she received the vaccine at Hansen Dam Recreation Area in Pacoima even after telling workers she was not a healthcare employee.

By Tuesday, officials appeared to have closed that loophole, requiring a photo ID and documentation of a job in the healthcare industry in order to receive a dose of the vaccine.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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