AC mega-site scrambles to reschedule J&J shots, prioritizes casino workers

The plan is to vaccinate 25,000 casino workers by Memorial Day

On Tuesday, staff at Atlantic City’s COVID-19 vaccination mega-site scrambled to postpone or reschedule 200 appointments for the now-suspended Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The setback put a temporary dent in concerted efforts to vaccinate 25,000 casino workers by Memorial Day as the gaming industry prepares for the summer season — and a hoped-for big comeback.

Atlantic City’s nine casinos made 80% less money in 2020, but even with COVID-19-related restrictions still managed to turn a $117.5M profit. Nevertheless, downsized operations cost thousands of jobs.

Casino executives believe customers will feel more comfortable if staffers are vaccinated — and guests at the Hard Rock echoed that.

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