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Long lines plague vaccinations in Palm Beach County

Some seniors have waited in line for as long as 3 hours
Posted at 11:19 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 23:19:51-05

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — People are waiting in line for hours to access a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

"As soon as they sent me the link, I signed up," Emma Pierce said.

Pierce waited in a long line to get her first vaccine shot at John Prince Park. She felt lucky the line moved quickly.

"The line has gone pretty fast. I was surprised," she said. "Because when I first got here, I was like, oh my God, but this is pretty easy. It's good."

Pierce and most folks at the park are upbeat about shorter waiting times Monday afternoon.

"I think it's amazing. It's very, very well organized," Sam Feldman said.

It's a scene different than the one some seniors worried about last Friday in Delray Beach. People told us they spent more than two to three hours standing, waiting to get their shots at the South County Civic Center.

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County said it experienced a "system issue" that day.

"To reduce wait times at both sites, we are in the process of pre-registering individuals before the day of their appointment," the district said.

"Considering I'm a New Yorker, this has been excellent down here," Vivian Picheny said.

According to the district, it has given 7,300 COVID-19 vaccinations at the South County Civic Center and nearly 4,600 vaccinations at John Prince Park.

Pierce said the decision to get vaccinated did not come easy.

"Some of my friends started taking it and they said that it's better to take it than die," she said.