ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- St. Charles County's health officials said a team of 30 vaccinators hoped to average around 400 vaccines an hour at the Family Arena, but the weather certainly didn't make things easy on Thursday. News 4 crews saw people still at the site as late as 10 p.m., hours after it was supposed to be over.
Traffic was backed up for more than a mile in both directions entering the county's drive-thru mass vaccination site. The event, put on by the St. Charles County Health Department with support from the Missouri National Guard, was expected to vaccinate 4,000 people by the time it wrapped up Thursday evening.
A team of about 175 volunteers worked 10 hours to make sure everyone who had signed up got their vaccine shot. Nearly 100 cars showed up every 15 minutes. People said they waited for hours to get their turn. T
Traffic was backed up to to both Interstate 70 and Page Boulevard. One person News 4 spoke with at 1:30 p.m. said they were still waiting in a line of cars. They had a 10:00 a.m. appointment.
"I've been coming off Interstate 70 at Fifth Street, and in two hours I've moved half a mile," Paula said, a St. Charles County resident, who reached out to News 4 at 2:15. Paula had a 1:00 appointment.
Authorities are urging anyone with an appointment to arrive on time - and not early.