UTICA, N.Y. -- If you signed up for a vaccination through a web link on social media for a local state run vaccination site, you may want to check your email. That sign up may no be valid.
New York State released a statement on Thursday evening stating that a web link to sign up for Covid-19 vaccinations in New York was leaked and posted on social media this week.
That made it possible for people to sign up for appointments at six sites that weren't up and running yet. Those sites are in Binghamton, Buffalo, Plattsburgh, Potsdam, Stony Brook and Utica.
NEWSChannel 2 received emails and phone calls from individuals who said they signed up through the state and that their appointment was at the old Audelicious site in Utica, only to receive an email saying their appointment and confirmation have been voided.
"I would say for me it's just been frustrating." says Nick Palczak, a teacher from Boonville. "I understand there's lots of people who want to get vaccines and I understand that it's really hard to come by, I just feel like right now the information we're getting is from the state or from the county or from a local drugstore and you're not sure what is accurate and what is not."
Below is the full statement from Marcy Stevens, the General Counsel for the Office of Information and Technology Service.
"It has come to our attention that an unpublished scheduling link was shared without authorization on social media this week, allowing some New Yorkers to make vaccine appointments for state-operated sites that are not currently open and were not taking appointments at Binghamton, Buffalo, Plattsburgh, Potsdam, Stony Brook and Utica. Out of an abundance of caution we referred this issue to the Inspector General. As this pandemic has shown, equity and equal access are critical in distributing the vaccine, and to ensure these principles are followed all unauthorized appointments have been voided — we are currently contacting everyone who used the unauthorized link to inform them of the situation. We will continue to safeguard all New Yorkers' information and ensure equal access to the vaccine for everyone eligible. As a reminder, the only way to sign up for vaccinations at State-operated locations is through the Department of Health's Am I Eligible website."