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, cvvaccine.nmhealth.org, 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.