Baptist Health Website Enabled the General Public to Sign Up for COVID-19 Vaccination | News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – About 6,000 Kentuckians signed up to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday through Baptist Health, though some of those people were probably not yet eligible to receive the vaccine.

Anyone can sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine through Baptist Health’s MyChart website in four cities in Kentucky, WDRB News learned on Friday. In a statement on Saturday, Baptist Health officials confirmed that “many of those who have viewed the site mistakenly believe the vaccines are open to the general public.”

Explaining how this happened, officials said Baptist Health provided a link to an online vaccination planning tool at the Kentucky Department of Public Health on Friday, which was shared on the state’s website. . This link was meant to be for medical professionals, who are listed in Section 1A of the Kentucky Immunization Plan.

A screenshot of the COVID-19 vaccine registration link on Baptist Health’s website on Friday, January 8. As of Saturday, registrations were no longer available and Baptist said the link was only for medical professionals in the state.

“Although the state’s website was linked to a page that made it clear that vaccines are available for Phase 1A healthcare workers, the planning tool did not include this information,” Baptist’s Julie Garrison said. Health in a statement to WDRB News. “… We regret the confusion this has caused our communities and have updated the planning tool with the additional information.”

Garrison said Baptist Health will honor all 6,000 appointments made regardless of the person’s eligibility for the state’s immunization plan. It is not known how many of the 6,000 people who signed up were health professionals.

“This will go a long way in advancing our goal of immunizing and protecting our communities,” Garrison said in the statement. “We continue to seek the community’s help to ensure that these vaccines reach our Commonwealth’s health workers first so that we can continue to provide needed care.”

With the next two weeks of immunization set aside, the online schedule is no longer available, Baptist Health officials said. He hopes to reopen online planning when the next phases of the state’s immunization plan begin.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear in December slammed Walgreens after employees from one location in Louisville and another in Lexington gave doses of the vaccine to members of the general public on Christmas Eve. Instead, the governor said the shots should have been transferred to a long-term care facility.

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