Refresh. Refresh. “This application crashed.” That was the sight in front of thousands who attempted to sign up for a coronavirus vaccine appointment in Massachusetts on Thursday. A large volume of requests overwhelmed the system a day after Gov. Charlie Baker announced new vaccine eligibility to include people over 65 and individuals with two or more comorbidities. Many shared their collective frustration and disappointment. After issuing an apology, the state said 60,000 appointments were still booked successfully. On Friday, the vaccine site was back up and working.
The state’s website to find and book vaccine appointments experienced delays and technical difficulties and the administration sincerely apologizes for the frustration and inconvenience residents experienced over the course of the day. (1/6) pic.twitter.com/7H6MLa2R4B
— Mass.gov (@MassGov) February 19, 2021
This group will soon join the 900,000 who have received the first of two doses, along with another 300,000 who are fully vaccinated across the state.
For healthcare professionals and first responders, receiving a vaccine may have meant continuing to work without added worry. For those over the age of 75, it may have provided some solace in knowing they were a little bit safer. Perhaps it has meant not having to live in as much fear, and things are on the way back to normal.
We want to know what it means for you. Were you able to successfully book a vaccine appointment for yourself or an eligible loved one? How did it feel to receive, or hear that your loved one received, a coronavirus vaccine? We want to share your experience. Submit your story by filling out the survey below or e-mailing [email protected].
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