Baptist Health has provided the Kentucky Department of Health with an online vaccine planning tool that can be linked to the state’s Vaccines for Healthcare Professionals website, said Keith Fullenlave Barry, Baptist Health’s public relations manager, at CNN. Monday.
The state website is linked to a page outlining that vaccines are available to healthcare professionals as part of Phase 1a of the vaccine introduction. However, this information was not included in the planning tool.
“As a result, many who misrepresented the site thought that the vaccines were open to the general public, although we do not know how many people registered who may not be eligible at the time,” Fullanlav Barry said in a statement. .
The Baptist Health sites have about 6,000 vaccination appointments over the next two weeks and the calendar is complete. No additional meetings are currently accepted.
The appointments made through the online system are still being implemented to ensure that those who qualify receive the vaccine in a timely manner.
“We continue to seek community assistance to ensure that these vaccines reach our community’s health personnel first so that we can continue to provide the necessary care,” the statement said.
“Baptist Health is working to ensure a smooth cancellation process for anyone who has scheduled a vaccination appointment by mistake, and will contact the 6,000 people who have registered for these appointments to provide this opportunity.
Baptist Health has said it will continue to partner with the state on vaccines.
“We’re sorry for the confusion this has caused our communities, and we’ve updated the planning tool with additional information.”
Kentucky is in its first phase of vaccinations, which includes health workers and people living in long-term and assisted care facilities. The state administered 130,355 doses of vaccines, according to figures updated by the health department on Monday. Kentucky has received 169,350 doses for the state vaccination program and 93,600 doses for long-term care.
CNN contacted the Kentucky Department of Health for comment and has not yet received a response.