Folks crawling after Allegheny Co.’s well being division cancel COVID-19 vaccine appointments – CBS Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A woman whose vaccination appointment was canceled by Allegheny County is now driving about two hours north to get her vaccine. She is one of hundreds looking for an appointment after the county canceled her.
MaryAnn Sinwell was preparing for Allegheny County to begin vaccinating the Phase 1A expansion.
“I had notifications set up to notify me when this website changed and I jumped in there right away,” she said of Zoom.
Sinwell got her husband, who is over 65 years old, an appointment and then one for herself at the Monroeville county vaccination center. She is under 65 and has health problems.
“This is my time to be protected because I go to work every day,” Sinwell said.
She thought everything was fine and then got another email from the county.
“Two days later I got a rejection,” she said.
According to Allegheny County, only health care workers and people over 65 can get the vaccine at its locations.
“I could not believe it. I told my husband he couldn’t believe it. I’ve been monitoring this stuff non-stop. I clicked on all of these points, ”Sinwell said.
Dr. Allegheny County’s health director Debra Bogen says the state-bought registration software doesn’t filter appointments, which is causing the Sinwells’ situation.
“We use the software bought by the state. We have been working with the state to make some improvements to this software, ”said Dr. Arch during their press conference on Wednesday.
So it went back to the drawing board for Sinwell. She started searching and registering almost everywhere until she got an appointment. It will now be a two hour drive from Murrysville to Dubois in Clearfield County.
“I am committed to it. I have one condition that I go to work every day. I am part of the defense industry infrastructure. You have to be there, ”Sinwell said.
Dr. Bogen said once more people over 65 are vaccinated and more vaccines arrive, the county will expand to the rest of Phase 1A. There is no timetable for when this could happen.