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Members of the public mistakenly allowed to sign up for Covid-19 vaccination appointments in Kentucky

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Members of the general public in Kentucky were mistakenly allowed to sign up for Covid-19 vaccine appointments meant for health care workers.

(CNN)Members of the general public in Kentucky were mistakenly allowed to sign up for Covid-19 vaccine appointments meant for health care workers, according to Louisville-based health system Baptist Health.

Baptist Health provided the Kentucky Department of Health with an online vaccine appointment scheduling tool that could be linked to the state's vaccine website for health care workers, Kit Fullenlove Barry, Baptist Health public relations manager, said in a statement to CNN Monday.

The state website linked to a page that outlined that vaccines are available for health care personnel as part of Phase 1a of the vaccine rollout.

Baptist Health sites have around 6,000 vaccination appointments scheduled over the next two weeks and the calendar is full.

"We continue to ask the community's help to ensure these vaccines reach our Commonwealth's healthcare personnel first so we can continue to provide needed care," the statement said.

"Baptist Health has been working to provide a smooth process for cancellation for anyone who has scheduled a vaccination appointment in error, and will contact the 6,000 people who have registered for these appointments to provide that opportunity. "

Baptist Health said it will continue to partner with the state on vaccine rollout.

Kentucky is in its first phase of vaccinations, which includes health care workers and those living in long-term and assisted care facilities.

The state has administered 130,355 vaccine doses, according to numbers updated by the health department Monday.

Kentucky has received 169,350 doses for the state vaccination program and 93,600 doses designated for long term care facilities.

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