Replace, 3:08 p.m.: Metropolis spokesperson Matthai Chakko mentioned appointments have resumed on the vaccination web site.
Berkeley resident Maksim Ioffe returned to the location for his mom’s second vaccine dose after being advised her appointment was canceled because of the protest at midday.
Ioffe was turned away by Albany Police minutes earlier than, he mentioned, however the line of automobiles on Buchanan Avenue is shifting towards the location entrance as of three:09 p.m.
Unique story: Berkeley officers have briefly canceled all COVID-19 vaccination appointments at Golden Gate Fields mass vaccination web site Thursday afternoon as a consequence of a protest towards horse racing on the location, which is positioned on the Albany-Berkeley border.
Berkeley spokesperson Matthai Chakko mentioned about 100 appointments have been canceled to this point, and the town has not but determined when the location shall be reopened at present. There have been about 30 protesters on the web site and a few of them have been chained to a fence close to the vaccination web site, Chakko mentioned.
The Albany Police Division is heading up the response and Berkeley Police are helping.
The protesters are a part of Direct Motion In all places, DxE, which has its headquarters in Berkeley. Cassie King, one of many group’s organizers, mentioned 4 activists had planted themselves in the course of Golden Gate Fields’ racetrack and managed to postpone a 12:45 p.m. race. DxE confirmed drone footage of the 4 protesters in addition to a dwell stream of different protesters exterior the observe’s Gilman Avenue entrance.
“We expect this business is inherently violent,” King mentioned on the livestream. “We wish to see it finish.”
Golden Gate Fields had paused races within the aftermath of a big COVID-19 outbreak amongst its employees however resumed the races final month. In keeping with its on-line calendar, seven races have been scheduled Thursday starting 12:45-4 p.m.
Berkeley resident Maksim Ioffe arrived on the web site precisely at midday along with his 71-year-old mother to get her scheduled second dose of the vaccine. Ioffe mentioned they have been in one of many lanes on the web site main as much as the vaccination tent when a employee knowledgeable them that the location was closed as a consequence of a protest, and all appointments have been canceled.
Ioffe is presently ready underneath the I-80 underpass together with dozens of others who had their appointments canceled. Lots of them are hoping to return to the location and get their scheduled doses, however Chakko mentioned the town hasn’t determined whether or not earlier appointments at present shall be rescheduled for later within the day or later within the week.
In a submit on social media, Golden Gate Fields mentioned administration “respectfully recommend to the activists that there’s a higher option to have this dialog and air their issues.”
Golden Gate Fields is a agency believer in the suitable to protest. Nevertheless, the present actions of the protesters have compelled the closure of the onsite COVID vaccination clinic, and lots of of individuals have already had their vaccinations cancelled.
— Golden Gate Fields (@GGFracing) March 4, 2021
Direct Motion In all places launched an announcement Thursday afternoon in response to the vaccination web site being closed.
“Our motion is unrelated to the vaccination middle positioned close by, and DxE alerted Albany PD to make sure there was no confusion. DxE helps the vaccination web site and has referred to as out Golden Gate Fields for being the most important Covid spreader within the East Bay Space, with over 300 of the 540 employees at Golden Gate Fields testing optimistic for COVID-19,” the group advised Berkeleyside.
This story shall be up to date as extra info turns into accessible.