A crush of people who showed up without appointments caused a major slow-down in vaccination efforts at Los Angeles County’s large-scale COVID-19 vaccine site at the Forum Thursday, with one shot-seeker reporting a three-hour wait.

The county Department of Public Health told City News Service the delays were “due to over 1,000 individuals who showed up at the site due for a second dose, but didn’t have an appointment.”

“The county is not turning any eligible second-dose individuals away, however, this increased the registration time for almost half of the people expected today (Thursday) at the site,” according to the county . “Additional staff was sent in to help manage the delays.”

County officials said anyone who gave up and left the site because of the extended wait can return Friday to receive their shot.

“We sincerely apologize for any long wait times clients experienced at the Forum,” county officials said in a statement to CNS.

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