Residents all around the region and state are scrambling to try to schedule appointments to get the COVID-19 vaccines that are in short supply without much luck and now, some who thought they lucked out with a special link they found are being told “not so fast”.

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The General Counsel for the Office of Information Technology Services, Marcy Stevens, says an unpublished scheduling link was shared without authorization on social media this week allowing some appointments to be scheduled for state vaccination sites at the former Gannett publishing site in Johnson City, Buffalo, Plattsburgh, Potsdam, Stony Brook and Utica, which aren’t actually taking appointments.

Those unauthorized appointments have been voided.

Stevens says the office is currently contacting everyone who used the unauthorized link to inform them of the situation.

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In a statement, Stevens says: “We will continue to safeguard all New Yorkers’ information and ensure equal access to the vaccine for everyone eligible.”

The only way to sign up for a vaccine at state-operated locations is through the New York State Department of Health “Am I Eligible” website: https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/#_blank

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