COVID vaccination appointments canceled after scheduling link leaks

New York State

A health worker carries doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in a box at the Rene-Muret hospital in Servan near Paris, Sunday Dec. 27, 2020. (Thomas Samson/Pool Photo via AP)

NEW YORK (WROC) — A number of COVID-19 vaccination appointments have been canceled after an unpublished scheduling link was shared on social media.

According to Marcy Stevens, the general counsel for the New York State Office of Information Technology Services, the link allowed people to schedule vaccination appointments at sites that had not opened yet. Those sites are located in Binghamton, Buffalo, Plattsburgh, Potsdam, Stony Brook and Utica.

People who scheduled vaccinations through the unauthorized link are being notified that those appointments are canceled.

“It has come to our attention that an unpublished scheduling link was shared without authorization on social media this week, allowing some New Yorkers to make vaccine appointments for state-operated sites that are not currently open and were not taking appointments at Binghamton, Buffalo, Plattsburgh, Potsdam, Stony Brook and Utica. Out of an abundance of caution we referred this issue to the Inspector General. As this pandemic has shown, equity and equal access are critical in distributing the vaccine, and to ensure these principles are followed all unauthorized appointments have been voided — we are currently contacting everyone who used the unauthorized link to inform them of the situation. We will continue to safeguard all New Yorkers’ information and ensure equal access to the vaccine for everyone eligible. As a reminder, the only way to sign up for vaccinations at State-operated locations is through the Department of Health’s Am I Eligible website.”

— Marcy Stevens, General Counsel for the New York State Office of Information Technology Services

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