Tech hiccups behind COVID-19 vaccine rollout see line-hopping: reports
January 13, 2021 at 17:30
As the country continues to navigate the early phases of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, reports document glitches in websites for appointments, leaving coveted time slots up for grabs by the general public.
While the Trump administration just advised expanding the tiered phase vaccine rollout to those 65 and older and others at high risk for severe illness, these software hiccups see lower-priority groups line-hopping with hopes to secure vaccinations sooner.
CORONAVIRUS IN THE US: STATE-BY-STATE BREAKDOWNTake Dallas County in Texas, for example, where county officials reported that web links for scheduling vaccinations were released across the internet.
Or Arizona, where ineligible populations booked appointments amid a glitch in the website, per the Phoenix New Times.
Similar issues cropped up in New Jersey, where lower-priority groups were able to sign up for appointments through a MyChart portal.
"It asked me my date of birth, my email -- it confirmed that I had an appointment," MyChart patient Staci Blank told ABC 7 NY.
A representative for Hackensack Meridian Health Hospital told the outlet the link was meant for first responders, but a glitch left slots open to the wider public.
Blank told the outlet she could make additional accounts on the portal and sign family members up for appointments, too.
US HITS RECORD-HIGH DAILY CORONAVIRUS DEATHS, JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY REPORTS"We did not text or email the registration link to patients.
GET THE FOX NEWS APPThose contacted in error were reportedly offered a chance to surrender appointments to those at higher risk.
These glitches amid the rollout may have further delayed vaccinations for vulnerable populations, such as older adults, health care workers and those with underlying conditions.
Difficulties associated with the thawing process for vaccines have resulted in lower-priority individuals receiving vaccinations or even discarded vaccines, as health care workers scramble to use supply.