A Milwaukee County website created for emergency medical workers to book vaccine appointments was shut down last week after the link to the site was divulged to the general public.
A link to the website run by the county Office of Emergency Management that was intended only for emergency workers and other groups in the first wave of the state’s vaccine rollout was shared with at least 100 people who then tried to book appointments for themselves.
“It wasn’t supposed to be for the public,” Brandon Weathersby, spokesman for Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley, said last week. “They had to shut down the booking link because of an influx of requests.”
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Weathersby said he doesn’t know how the link was shared with the general public. He said it was likely someone trying to be helpful.
Cassandra Libal, director of Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management, said the department was not able to figure out how the link was released.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel obtained a screenshot of a text message sharing a link to the website with a message that indicated it was sent by a Milwaukee County employee involved in running the vaccine appointment site, but the Journal Sentinel was unable to confirm the sender’s identity.
“Please schedule or share it with your loved ones,” the message said in part.
Asked whether she was planning to talk to staff or investigate the matter, Libal said she had no way to determine whether staff were involved.
Libal said the department notified the ineligible people who booked appointments and guided them to find a vaccine appointment through their local health department.
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