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Will website crash with new batch of vaccine appointments? – WCVB Boston

State officials are bracing for another release of vaccination appointments this week and hoping to avoid another website crash. Many of the people showing up at the Fenway Park vaccination site Tuesday were in the recently added 65 and older eligibility category.“The last time I came here I saw David Ortiz hit a grand slam. So, I’m going to hit a grand slam myself,” one senior said. But many also said they were still a little shell-shocked trying to navigate the state’s vaccination scheduling website, which repeatedly became overwhelmed and crashed last week after seniors 65 and older were added to the eligibility categories.“It was surprising every appointment that you clicked on that they said was available all of a sudden it just disappeared,” another senior said. “I’m over 65, so I’m not as savvy on the computer as my daughter is. But it was just hopeless,” another senior said. To help avoid another online stampede when new appointments are released on Thursday, the company that manages the mass vaccination sites at Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium and the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury said it will stagger appointment releases throughout the day on Thursday.“And the fact we do that is so that we open up opportunities for some that might not be there at four in the morning but can be there at 10 a.m. or can be there at 9,” said Rodrigo Martinez of CIC Health. “So, throughout the day, we basically open up all the slots.”The state is shifting much of its vaccine supply to its five mass vaccination sites, which now include the Natick Mall and starting Wednesday a former Circuit City store in Dartmouth.According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Massachusetts has moved up to 14th among states for vaccine doses administered as a percentage of population. It’s expected to take several weeks to vaccinate the currently eligible groups.

State officials are bracing for another release of vaccination appointments this week and hoping to avoid another website crash.

Many of the people showing up at the Fenway Park vaccination site Tuesday were in the recently added 65 and older eligibility category.

“The last time I came here I saw David Ortiz hit a grand slam. So, I’m going to hit a grand slam myself,” one senior said.

But many also said they were still a little shell-shocked trying to navigate the state’s vaccination scheduling website, which repeatedly became overwhelmed and crashed last week after seniors 65 and older were added to the eligibility categories.

“It was surprising every appointment that you clicked on that they said was available all of a sudden it just disappeared,” another senior said.

“I’m over 65, so I’m not as savvy on the computer as my daughter is. But it was just hopeless,” another senior said.

To help avoid another online stampede when new appointments are released on Thursday, the company that manages the mass vaccination sites at Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium and the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury said it will stagger appointment releases throughout the day on Thursday.

“And the fact we do that is so that we open up opportunities for some that might not be there at four in the morning but can be there at 10 a.m. or can be there at 9,” said Rodrigo Martinez of CIC Health. “So, throughout the day, we basically open up all the slots.”

The state is shifting much of its vaccine supply to its five mass vaccination sites, which now include the Natick Mall and starting Wednesday a former Circuit City store in Dartmouth.

According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Massachusetts has moved up to 14th among states for vaccine doses administered as a percentage of population. It’s expected to take several weeks to vaccinate the currently eligible groups.

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