Correction appended

Hundreds of people have signed up to get a COVID-19 vaccine using a link that wasn’t intended for the general public, one of the state’s largest health care providers said Wednesday.

The link originated from Presbyterian Healthcare Services and was meant to help medical first responders and independent health care providers schedule an appointment to get vaccinated.

“We don’t know how it may have been forwarded from there,” said Melanie Mozes, a Presbyterian spokeswoman. “It was not a communication that went out from Presbyterian to the general public.”

New Mexico is in Phase 1B of its vaccine distribution plan. At this stage, medical workers are administering the vaccine to people who are at least 75 years of age or older, people 16 or older who have underlying medical conditions, front-line essential workers who cannot work remotely and vulnerable populations, according to the state Department of Health.

On Tuesday, people from the general public were making appointments to get vaccinated using the link through Presbyterian.

“I think we can confidently say hundreds [of people from the general public used the link], but I don’t have an exact number for you,” Mozes said.

Presbyterian is reminding residents to use the state’s vaccination registration website,, to register for a vaccine.

People from the general public who have scheduled appointments will not be allowed to jump the line, Mozes said.

“Folks that did make appointments [Tuesday] that are in the community … we will honor those appointments” once those people are allowed to get vaccinated, Mozes said. “But right now, we’re really trying to finish up Phase 1A and then moving into the coming weeks really ramping up efforts to offer vaccinations to folks that are 1B.”

Correction: This story has been amended to reflect the following correction. A previous version of this story incorrectly reported that the state is in Phase 1A of its vaccine distribution plan. It is in Phase 1B.

(6) comments



Devin Bent

Frankly, explanations for this vaccine reservation mix up become more confusing with the passage of time. The form that was posted online at the Presbyterian site was clearly intended for folks in category 1B. It clearly asks if over 75 or having underlying conditions -- either of which qualify one for category 1B. It is simply not true to claim that form was intended for folks in category 1A.

Since then, two conflicting reports have come out:

1. Presbyterian will honor reservations made by 5 PM that day. In fact, as of 5:30 AM Jan 14 this is still posted at at the Presbyterian Facebook page.

2. If one is not in group 1A, one will not be allowed to "jump the line," posted at the New Mexican as of 5:30 AM Jan 14. To the contrary: People in 1B acted in good faith following the instructions posted at the Presbyterian site and clearly intended for persons in 1B.

Will the reservations be honored? Frankly, IDK,

It should be stressed that all of us are extremely grateful for the hard work being done by Presbyterian staff during these difficult and dangerous times. They risk their lives for us.

Mike Johnson

Yes, this is NM, with all the corruption, cronyism, and nepotism on display. Politicians and other elites get the leaked link, this is not a mistake, it is typical NM......

Margaret Eyler

In addition, the first phase was not limited to health care workers but also included many shipments of vaccines to the reservations

Diane Denish

I am one of those who got the link forwarded from an individual. Even though I was pre-registered on the DOH site like many others, I am anxious to get the vaccination so decided to try it. It was user friendly and worked well. I secured an appointment and am glad to hear Presbyterian will honor the appointment when it comes time. It appears that Presbyterian is telling those of us who did secure an appointment that we will "be on our own" when it comes to the 2nd dose. I'm not worried and convinced they might change that approach to make sure everyone gets what they need. It is worth noting, there was nothing on the link I got that said anything about being a first responder or a healthcare worker. It simply asked if you were over 75 or if you had certain risk factors. Given that, I forwarded it to others who might want an appointment. This might be a mistake by Presbyterian but I believe everyone is doing their best and I am grateful.

Dave Sosinski

This column in not accurate. New Mexico is in phase 1.B. Those who registered for the vaccine did not jump out of line but had every honest reason to belive that they were now eligible to be vaccinated.

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