As Cobb COVID vaccination page crashes, Wellstar vaccines begin

We’ve continued to get messages all day Monday from citizens wishing to book an appointment from Cobb and Douglas Public Health for a COVID-19 vaccine, but that page has crashedas has the entire CDPH website— and it continues to be down.

UPDATED, 10:30 P.M.: Both links appear to be  back online. 

The crash was part of a larger outage system at the Georgia Department of Public Health, whose servers have been overwhelmed by the requests.

As we noted this morning, Monday is the first day those 65 and older and their caregivers could sign up for the vaccines, which are scheduled to be administered starting Tuesday at Jim Miller Park.

How many people have actually gotten through to book an appointment, or at least provide contact information to start the appointment process, we just don’t know right now.

We saw the booking page in a flash on only one occasion, after several attempts we’ve made trying to access that page.

A reader told us late Monday about being able to book an appointment for Wednesday, but only after constant efforts lasting several hours.

We don’t have much more information to share at this time, and we cannot pass along messages to the health agency for you.

We have been inundated with urgent messages wanting to make an appointment, and while we understand your frustrations, we’re a community news site unaffiliated with the health agency or Cobb County government.

Some readers have called in asking about a phone number at CDPH to contact, but there isn’t anything along those lines either.

Late Monday afternoon, Wellstar Health System sent along word that it has scheduled 10,000 appointments for vaccines for its primary care patients who are 65 and older.

Those vaccinations began on Monday, according to a statement released by Wellstar, which also said these vaccines are only for patients who are already in their primary care system and not the general public. All the allotted appointments have been filled “due to significant demand for the COVID-19 vaccine.”

If you are a Wellstar primary care patient 65 and older, you can sign up for additional time slots when they become available through its MyChart scheduling tool.

You’re asked to call 470-956-7000 for a recorded message or visit www.wellstar.org for updated information.

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3 thoughts on “As Cobb COVID vaccination page crashes, Wellstar vaccines begin”

  1. Why doesn’t the county use the census information to tell us when and where we can get our vaccines? Our information is used to send the checks. They know how old we are and where we live, so why not reverse the procedure and have them tell us when? This can’t be rocket science. They could have procedures for people that can’t make their appt or a sign-up for those they’ve missed. This way 95% of the people would at least feel comfortable.

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  2. What a disgrace! I started trying to schedule an appointment at midnight. At 4:16 I got lucky and nailed a spot for Wednesday. Have been trying nonstop for the last 2 hours andmhave gotten through to booking screen at least 10 times only to get an error message when I his submit.

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