Members of the public were mistakenly allowed to register for Covid-19 vaccination appointments in Kentucky


Baptist Health provided the Kentucky Department of Health with an online vaccine appointment scheduling tool that could be linked to the state’s website on vaccines for healthcare workers, Kit Fullenlove Barry said. , public relations manager for Baptist Health, in a statement to CNN on Monday.

The state’s website is linked to a page stating that vaccines are available to health workers as part of phase 1a of the vaccine rollout. However, this information that was not included in the planning tool.

“As a result, many of those who viewed the site mistakenly believed the vaccines were open to the general public, although we don’t know how many people signed up who might not be eligible at the moment,” Fullenlove said. Barry in the press release.

Baptist Health sites have around 6,000 immunization appointments scheduled over the next two weeks and the schedule is full. No additional appointments are accepted for the moment.

Appointments made through the online system are always honored to ensure that those who are eligible receive a vaccine in a timely manner.

“We continue to seek the community’s help to ensure that these vaccines reach health workers in our Commonwealth first so that we can continue to provide needed care,” the statement said.

Baptist Health has worked to provide a smooth cancellation process for anyone who has scheduled an immunization appointment in error, and will contact the 6,000 people who have signed up for these appointments to offer them this opportunity. ”

Baptist Health said it will continue to partner with the state on vaccine deployment.

“We regret the confusion this has caused our communities and have updated the planning tool with the additional information. ”

Kentucky is in its first phase of immunization, which includes healthcare workers and those living in long-term and assisted care facilities. The state administered 130,355 doses of the vaccine, according to figures updated by the health department on Monday. Kentucky received 169,350 doses for the state immunization program and 93,600 doses for long-term care facilities.

CNN has contacted the Kentucky Department of Health for comment and has yet to receive a response.

CNN’s Lauren Mascaren contributed to this report.


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