Some Massachusetts residents who called 211 to book appointments for COVID-19 vaccines say they were denied access to Danvers’ mass vaccination site this weekend, WBZ reports.
Curative, the company that runs the site at the DoubleTree hotel in Danvers, told WBZ in a statement that it did not get the list of Saturday appointments made through the state’s calling system due to a problem with data sharing. .
“Unfortunately, this one-day situation meant that we were unable to provide vaccinations to some who had booked an appointment through the 211 system,” the statement said. “We take your information and we will schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible.”
It’s unclear how many people were turned away on Saturday at the Danvers site.
The state’s phone calling system was established last month after state lawmakers lobbied Governor Charlie Baker to create one amid a shaky initial vaccine launch. Securing vaccine appointments has been notoriously difficult since Phase 2 of the launch began in February, with poor availability, frequent website outages, and sometimes complicated scheduling procedures.
Danvers’ site caught the attention of local news last month because an apparent rumor of extra doses spurred a glut of residents trying to get vaccinated without appointments. Most had to be rejected.
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