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Error allows vaccine signups by ineligible individuals

Henrico County officials said a technology error allowed nearly 6,000 ineligible residents in Richmond to sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations.
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RICHMOND, Va. — A technology error allowed almost 6,000 Richmond-area residents to sign up to get COVID-19 vaccinations even though they weren't eligible to get them, according to local officials.

Officials in Henrico County said a county scheduling system accidentally sent a sign-up link to people currently ineligible for the vaccine and that will not be able to get it. 

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the improper sign-ups represent more than half the number of are residents who flooded the site Thursday night and forced the demand to far exceed the 6,000-dose supply allotted for schools and public safety workers.

Officials said they will have to re-register those who are eligible and tell those who aren't that they will have to wait. They also plan to establish a verification process moving forward.