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Douglas County Health Department site crashes first day older people could register for COVID-19 vaccine – KETV Omaha

Turns out a lot of older people in Douglas County know how to use a computer. When the Douglas County Health Department vaccination registration for vaccine appointments went live at 9 a.m. Friday, the site crashed. “What ended up crashing was the Douglas County home page and the landing page to get directed there,” COVID-19 Information line supervisor Andy Wessel said.Wessel keeps track of the registrations. “We’ve already had more than 3000 people get signed up for appointments for the next two weeks,” he said. That was the number of appointment registrations set on-line by noon and by the end of the first registration day Friday, more than 4,800 people signed up.There are 12,000 people in this age category in Douglas County. Wessell said they have 6,000 slots secured each week for the next two weeks. “The reason why we wanted to make sure there was a sign-up system in place is because we wanted to make sure that we didn’t have our seniors waiting in line for hours on end,” he said.There’s such a demand, the health department brought in extra staff, as well as Nebraska National Guard soldiers. They have a special mission. The soldiers are calling a list of 200 people who don’t have internet access to help them make appointments. “When we put up the notification system people called us, ‘I don’t have a computer how am I supposed to get notified? I don’t have email access,'” Wessell said.He also said it’s a relief to get the shots on a schedule but knows there’s still a long way to go. “It’s challenging and we have people working day in and day out to make sure it is organized and responsive as it possibly can be,” he said.Also going live Friday, the notification system of those up next, people 65 and older and adults with high-risk medical conditions.If you don’t have computer access, the information number to get signed up for either the vaccination or notification is 402-444-3400.

Turns out a lot of older people in Douglas County know how to use a computer.

When the Douglas County Health Department vaccination registration for vaccine appointments went live at 9 a.m. Friday, the site crashed.

“What ended up crashing was the Douglas County home page and the landing page to get directed there,” COVID-19 Information line supervisor Andy Wessel said.

Wessel keeps track of the registrations.

“We’ve already had more than 3000 people get signed up for appointments for the next two weeks,” he said.

That was the number of appointment registrations set on-line by noon and by the end of the first registration day Friday, more than 4,800 people signed up.

There are 12,000 people in this age category in Douglas County. Wessell said they have 6,000 slots secured each week for the next two weeks.

“The reason why we wanted to make sure there was a sign-up system in place is because we wanted to make sure that we didn’t have our seniors waiting in line for hours on end,” he said.

There’s such a demand, the health department brought in extra staff, as well as Nebraska National Guard soldiers. They have a special mission.

The soldiers are calling a list of 200 people who don’t have internet access to help them make appointments.

“When we put up the notification system people called us, ‘I don’t have a computer how am I supposed to get notified? I don’t have email access,'” Wessell said.

He also said it’s a relief to get the shots on a schedule but knows there’s still a long way to go.

“It’s challenging and we have people working day in and day out to make sure it is organized and responsive as it possibly can be,” he said.

Also going live Friday, the notification system of those up next, people 65 and older and adults with high-risk medical conditions.

If you don’t have computer access, the information number to get signed up for either the vaccination or notification is 402-444-3400.

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