Woman in Allegheny County receives notification email from health department canceling her vaccination appointment – WTAE Pittsburgh

People braved the cold and snow to get to the DoubleTree Hotel in Monroeville on Thursday. The Allegheny County Health Department set up a vaccination clinic at the hotel for health care workers and those 65 years old and older. Stephanie Guardis searched for weeks before she snagged her appointment. “I was lucky to get this,” she said. Victoria Lancaster felt the same luck this week after she secured a vaccination appointment for February. “This disease has been very difficult and I was starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel,” Lancaster said. That light disappeared after she got an email from the county health department to let her know they canceled her appointment. “It was like a kick in the gut,” she said. The email read in part: “Based on the information that you provided during the registration process, you are not 65.”Lancaster is immunocompromised and a part of Pennsylvania’s Priority Group 1A. She signed up for her appointment without any problems. At this site, the county is not accepting people 16 years old through 64 years old with underlying health conditions. A county official told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that they’re trying to come up with a way to work with the state, so people who are not 65 years old can’t book the appointments. The official said that’s just not the way the system works right now. “If I wouldn’t have had an opportunity to get this vaccine, if I wouldn’t have got my hopes so high, I would’ve been fine,” Lancaster said. “I would’ve just been going about my business doing my own thing but it just it was poorly done.”

People braved the cold and snow to get to the DoubleTree Hotel in Monroeville on Thursday.

The Allegheny County Health Department set up a vaccination clinic at the hotel for health care workers and those 65 years old and older. Stephanie Guardis searched for weeks before she snagged her appointment.

“I was lucky to get this,” she said.

Victoria Lancaster felt the same luck this week after she secured a vaccination appointment for February.

“This disease has been very difficult and I was starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel,” Lancaster said.

That light disappeared after she got an email from the county health department to let her know they canceled her appointment.

“It was like a kick in the gut,” she said.

The email read in part: “Based on the information that you provided during the registration process, you are not 65.”

Lancaster is immunocompromised and a part of Pennsylvania’s Priority Group 1A. She signed up for her appointment without any problems.

At this site, the county is not accepting people 16 years old through 64 years old with underlying health conditions.

A county official told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 that they’re trying to come up with a way to work with the state, so people who are not 65 years old can’t book the appointments. The official said that’s just not the way the system works right now.

“If I wouldn’t have had an opportunity to get this vaccine, if I wouldn’t have got my hopes so high, I would’ve been fine,” Lancaster said. “I would’ve just been going about my business doing my own thing but it just it was poorly done.”