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Bronx residents initially crammed together as they waited in line for the coveted COVID-19 shot at Opening Day of the vaccination mega-site at Yankee Stadium Friday.
Dozens of locals at one point stood body-to-body — rather than the recommended social distance of 6 feet — in the rain outside of the Bronx Bombers inoculation hub.
Members of the New York National Guard eventually went around to those too close together, telling them to keep a safe distance in order to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
The mass vaccination site at Yankee Stadium officially opened at 8 a.m. following weeks of delays due to vaccine shortages.
Bronx residents line up at a check point to enter Yankee Stadium to get the COVID-19 vaccine on Feb. 5, 2021.Robert Miller
Slots at the site are reserved for Bronx residents only and officials say the site can handle 15,000 appointments in the first week.
The mass vaccination site at Yankee Stadium officially opened at 8 a.m. on Feb. 5, 2021, following weeks of delays due to vaccine shortages.Robert Miller
On Thursday, there were still thousands of open timeslots for appointments, but by Friday appointments were fully booked through at least Tuesday, the SOMOS Community Care Web site to make an appointment showed.
Additional reporting by Nolan Hicks