Massachusetts website failed to filter out ineligible residents at vaccination site, mayor says – WCVB Boston

Frustration and outrage over the COVID-19 vaccination booking system in Massachusetts came to a head at one site on Saturday.Dozens of seniors with appointments at the Keefe Technical School in Framingham were told they were not eligible to be vaccinated at that site.Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer said the site is supposed to be strictly for city residents but added that the state’s website failed to stop non-residents from booking an appointment.”There was a glitch about having this be a closed site,” Spicer said.Kamal Hingoriny, a semi-retired engineer, said he drove nearly an hour and a half to Framingham from his Swansea home after booking an appointment through the state’s website.”I’d like to wring somebody’s neck,” Hingoriny said. “I did some programming myself. If they cannot do this programming, how the hell are they running the whole vaccine system here?”Spicer also said the website allowed people who are under the age of 75, who are not eligible to be vaccinated in the state at this point, to sign up for an appointment at the Framingham site.”That should not have been able to happen, too,” the mayor said. “Once again, a technology-driven system is only as good as the inputs.”Workers at the Framingham vaccine site separated Framingham residents and non-residents into two lines, and gave preference to the city’s residents. Everyone, including non-residents, was eventually let inside to receive the first dose of the vaccine.However, non-residents say they were told to get their second dose of the vaccine at a different vaccination site.Spicer said another problem is happening with the state’s vaccination booking website, as it is letting people book one appointment and continue to book more until they find a time and location that is more convenient. According to the mayor, those original appointments are not being canceled and creating unfilled vaccination slots.

Frustration and outrage over the COVID-19 vaccination booking system in Massachusetts came to a head at one site on Saturday.

Dozens of seniors with appointments at the Keefe Technical School in Framingham were told they were not eligible to be vaccinated at that site.

Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer said the site is supposed to be strictly for city residents but added that the state’s website failed to stop non-residents from booking an appointment.

“There was a glitch about having this be a closed site,” Spicer said.

Kamal Hingoriny, a semi-retired engineer, said he drove nearly an hour and a half to Framingham from his Swansea home after booking an appointment through the state’s website.

“I’d like to wring somebody’s neck,” Hingoriny said. “I did some programming myself. If they cannot do this programming, how the hell are they running the whole vaccine system here?”

Spicer also said the website allowed people who are under the age of 75, who are not eligible to be vaccinated in the state at this point, to sign up for an appointment at the Framingham site.

“That should not have been able to happen, too,” the mayor said. “Once again, a technology-driven system is only as good as the inputs.”

Workers at the Framingham vaccine site separated Framingham residents and non-residents into two lines, and gave preference to the city’s residents. Everyone, including non-residents, was eventually let inside to receive the first dose of the vaccine.

However, non-residents say they were told to get their second dose of the vaccine at a different vaccination site.

Spicer said another problem is happening with the state’s vaccination booking website, as it is letting people book one appointment and continue to book more until they find a time and location that is more convenient. According to the mayor, those original appointments are not being canceled and creating unfilled vaccination slots.