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Hollywood elite treating COVID vaccine like ‘The Hunger Games’: report

Hollywood’s rich and famous are making a mad dash to get the COVID-19 vaccine — offering as much as $10,000 for the shot and posing as healthcare workers in a scene straight out of a Suzanne Collins book, according to a new report.

“It’s like ‘The Hunger Games’ out there,” a top entertainment executive told Variety about Tinseltown’s scramble to get immunized in California — now the epicenter of the global health crisis.

Dr. Robert Huizenga told the magazine that the deep-pocketed have offered as much as $10,000 in desperation to get a shot — while others have resorted to more extreme measures.

“We’ve been offered bribes,” the Beverly Hills-based doc told Variety. “We see people taking planes to every location. We’ve seen people try to transiently get into the healthcare profession or on staff at nursing homes, so they qualify for an early vaccine.”

Huizenga said notable members of the entertainment industry are treating nabbing a coveted vaccine like a “fight for their lives” amid the slow rollout across the nation.

“You can’t really blame them for pulling out all the stops,” he said. “The state and the government have set up a system that is really horrendous.”

Other older entertainment bigwigs have flocked to Florida to get dosed, including Allen Shapiro, the 73-year-old CEO of Dick Clark Productions, and 72-year-old former Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons, Variety said.

Some have also been traveling to Maui to get the jab.

Los Angeles residents wait in line in their cars to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at Dodger Stadium.
Richard VogelAP

The Golden State has administered more than 2.4 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine — a rate that’s 6,192 shots per 100,000 people, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 387,500 people have been fully immunized so far.

But like many other states, California — which has nearly 40 million residents — is on the cusp of running out of vaccines after the rocky rollout.

Cali recently switched to an age-based eligibility system after first dosing frontline workers, health care workers, teachers and those 65 and older.

Meanwhile, infections have been spiking in the state, with 25,747 new cases and 422 new deaths recorded on Monday, according to John Hopkins University.

With Post wires

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