Cease sharing your vaccine appointment hyperlink. Well being Division officers say it is creating chaos.
CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Well being officers in Hampton Roads are asking individuals to cease sharing vaccine appointment hyperlinks.
“The hyperlinks are for one particular person, for one use, and one dose,” defined Chesapeake Well being Division Spokeswoman Kimi Stevens.
Final week in Norfolk, a whole bunch of people that booked appointments with shared hyperlinks had been advised to get out of line and go dwelling from a vaccine clinic.
It seems, VDH officers haven’t but fastened the glitch. In flip, individuals are nonetheless sharing their vaccine appointment hyperlinks with others. They’re posting the small print on social media pages and neighborhood apps.
Stevens stated, “Folks imply effectively as a result of discovering a dose of vaccine is a problem.”
In Chesapeake, the Well being Division is just receiving 2,800 vaccine doses per week.
Stevens stated people who find themselves utilizing a shared hyperlink is not going to obtain a vaccine. She stated proper now, employees and volunteers are vaccinating teams 1A and 1B and specializing in the senior inhabitants.
“After we try to allocate doses and attempt to discover what number of we have to have after which we’ve got so many individuals for one, sharing one hyperlink. It isn’t the best way it’s alleged to be.” Stevens defined.
On Tuesday, 5 nurses needed to work time beyond regulation to contact dozens of people that used a hyperlink that wasn’t for them!
“They stayed till like 11 p.m.,” stated Stevens. “They had been attempting to name, electronic mail contact individuals to cancel the appointment. When you obtained this hyperlink, in case you bought it off social media, we don’t have a vaccine for you as a result of it wasn’t meant for you.”
Stevens stated the VDH officers are nonetheless working to repair the issue. She stated within the meantime, she tells individuals to please cease sharing the hyperlink!
She stated, “When it’ll occur, we don’t know. They’re altering the hyperlink to make it a single-use solely so as soon as one particular person makes use of it, it’s carried out.”
Stevens stated she’s heard some individuals are lacking vaccine appointment emails and that after they discover it of their spam and junk folder, their appointment has already expired.
If that has occurred to you, Stevens stated to contact the Chesapeake Well being Division at (757) 382-8600.