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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.

Posted: Jan 14, 2021 10:45 PM

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"It has come to our attention that an unpublished scheduling link was shared without authorization on social media this week, allowing some New Yorkers to make vaccine appointments for state-operated sites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."

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1656684

Reported Deaths: 47818
CountyCasesDeaths
Queens2129278804
Kings2121249144
Suffolk1633163095
Nassau1492512926
Bronx1452265897
Westchester1081932105
New York1044443917
Erie655711607
Richmond574051580
Monroe52759992
Rockland38797891
Orange37232720
Onondaga32489634
Dutchess22457408
Albany20931333
Oneida19763478
Niagara15351312
Broome14913336
Saratoga12002145
Schenectady10870178
Ulster10096228
Rensselaer9059132
Putnam838986
Chautauqua7341123
Chemung6445130
Oswego600889
Ontario581388
St. Lawrence556386
Steuben5516137
Cayuga538688
Jefferson481663
Sullivan477159
Herkimer4568107
Wayne448264
Cattaraugus443376
Genesee4420118
Madison385485
Clinton364526
Livingston355856
Tompkins346142
Columbia340596
Fulton335184
Montgomery3199107
Cortland317260
Allegany290681
Warren285455
Wyoming283349
Tioga281356
Greene265071
Orleans245281
Chenango244369
Otsego236043
Washington235352
Franklin209812
Lewis207330
Seneca162653
Delaware152433
Essex134726
Schoharie121512
Yates101526
Schuyler86812
Hamilton2852
Unassigned197131
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