Philadelphia canceled thousands of Covid-19 vaccine appointments at its FEMA-run vaccination site after some residents used QR codes circulated online to schedule invalid appointments, in step with the city’s Department of Public Health.
Thousands Of Vaccine Schedules Canceled
The department has canceled approximately 11,000 vaccine appointments for in the week and is within the process of reviewing appointments made for the upcoming period, spokesperson James Garrow said. All told, the town may cancel as many as 30,000 appointments after its internal review.
The vaccination site had been scheduled to produce first doses for the primary three weeks, followed by only second doses for the subsequent three. The health officials in the town were alerted to the invalid appointments after the location moved to its second-dose stage. Staff checked a vaccine database and “saw that names didn’t match up,” Garrow told CNN.
Site staff members had shared a QR code with people receiving their first dose so that they could schedule a second appointment. That QR code was later found online, in line with Garrow.
“We are longing the appointment database and matching it up with the vaccine database to determine who is eligible for a second dose and so canceling all of the remainder of the appointments,” Garrow told CNN in an email.
“The overwhelming majority of Philadelphians still follow the principles and look ahead to their turn in line. We understand how frustrating this wait is and are working as quickly as possible to induce everyone vaccinated,” Garrow said, warning that those that expect to receive their first dose at the location “should not walk up and expect to be vaccinated.”
More Americans are going out, poll shows
As more Americans are vaccinated, the amount of individuals going out is additionally increasing, per a poll from Axios-Ipsos published Tuesday.
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Compared to a month ago, the number of individuals who have gone bent eat or visit friends and family are up 12 and 9 percentage points respectively, in line with the poll — which was conducted March 19 to 22 and was made from 995 Americans 18 and older.
The number of individuals who believe that dining out poses an oversized risk to health and well-being has gone right down to 23% compared to 33% a month ago.
Those who have visited friends or relatives — 48% — is that the highest since October. Additionally, 54% have visited a non-grocery mercantile establishment — the very best number since May.
Experts worry AstraZeneca confusion may result in vaccine hesitancy
Meanwhile, AstraZeneca is soon expected to use for emergency use authorization for its Covid-19 vaccine within the US. But some experts fear recent concerns over an announcement of its vaccine data could further contribute to hesitancy. AstraZeneca has updated its data on how well its vaccine works, saying late Wednesday the vaccine showed 76% efficacy against symptomatic coronavirus disease and 100% efficacy against severe or critical disease or the requirement for hospitalization.
On Monday, AstraZeneca had said its vaccine showed 79% efficacy against symptomatic disease and 100% efficacy against severe disease and hospitalization.
A day later, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases issued an announcement saying the independent board that reviews data from multiple vaccine candidates had concerns about the company’s announcement.
The board “expressed concern that AstraZeneca may have included outdated information from that trial, which can have provided an incomplete view of the efficacy data,” the NIAID statement said.
AstraZeneca vaccine is 79% effective against symptomatic Covid-19, the company says.
Speaking on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the AstraZeneca news release may have contained misleading information about its vaccine efficacy — “an unforced error” that will create doubt about what’s likely a decent vaccine.
The data is “really quite good, but after they put it into the promulgation, it wasn’t completely accurate,” Fauci said.