Baptist Health public relations manager Kit Fullenlove Barry said in a statement to CNN that Baptist Health provides the Kentucky Department of Health with an online vaccine appointment planning tool that can be linked to the state’s vaccine website for health care workers.
The state website links to a page that outlines part of the vaccine rollout phase 1a that health care workers can use. However, this information is not included in the scheduling tool.
Fullenlove Barry said in the statement: “As a result, many people who visit the site mistakenly believe that the vaccine is open to the public, although we don’t know how many people are not eligible at this time.”
The Baptist Health Site has scheduled approximately 6,000 vaccination appointments in the next two weeks and the calendar is full. No other appointments are currently accepted.
Dating through the online system is still an honor to ensure that eligible people receive the vaccine in time.
The statement said: “We continue to ask for help from the community to ensure that these vaccines are first delivered to health care workers in the Commonwealth so that we can continue to provide the care needed.”
“The Baptist Health Department has been working hard to provide a smooth cancellation procedure for all people who have mistakenly scheduled vaccination appointments, and will contact 6,000 people who have registered for these appointments to provide this opportunity.”
Baptist Health said it will continue to cooperate with the state to launch vaccines.
“We regret the chaos that caused chaos in the community and have updated the scheduling tool with other information.”
Kentucky is in the first phase of vaccination, which includes health care workers and people living in long-term care facilities. According to figures updated by the health department on Monday, the state has received 130,355 doses of the vaccine. Kentucky has received 169,350 doses of vaccine for the state vaccination program, and 93,600 doses for long-term care facilities.
CNN asked the Kentucky Department of Health (Kentucky of Health) for comments, but has not received a response.