Website promoting COVID-19 vaccine registry inadvertently sent to thousands across Cuyahoga County

Website promoting COVID-19 vaccine registry inadvertently sent to thousands across Cuyahoga County
Cuyahoga County COVID-19 vaccine appointment (Source: Provided to WOIO)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The commissioner of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health delivered remarks regarding a website that was inadvertently sent out to a large number of residents promoting a COVID-19 vaccine distribution event at the fairgrounds in Berea.

Commissioner Terry Allan said thousands of people who registered online through a Cuyahoga County-affiliated website will be issued cancellation notices if they do not meet eligibility requirements for receiving the vaccine.

Cuyahoga County health officials remark on website promoting COVID-19 vaccine registry event

Cuyahoga County health officials remark on website promoting COVID-19 vaccine registry event

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Thursday, December 31, 2020

Numerous individuals alerted 19 News about a website that appeared to allow them to reserve a time and date to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. Some explained that they thought they would be scammed if they completed registration.

Commissioner Allan explained that the website, which has since been taken offline, is legitimate, but was prematurely distributed to a larger number of people than expected.

Verification showing that individuals fall into the Phase 1A category, which includes health care workers, EMS responders, residents and staff of nursing homes or psychiatric hospitals, and other similar fields, must be provided in order to receive priority for vaccine administration in Cuyahoga County, Commissioner Allan said.

Vaccine availability for members of the Phase 1B category will be determined by the Ohio Department of Health, but Gov. DeWine said the next state in the rollout could begin in mid-January.

Since Cuyahoga County received 4,000 doses of the vaccine last week, Commissioner Allan said approximately 1,800 immunizations have been administered.

This story will be updated.

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