Alberta chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, updates media on the COVID-19 situation in Edmonton on Friday, March 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Social media claims of false bookings: Alberta watching no-show vaccine appointments

Social media claims of false bookings: Alberta watching no-show vaccine appointments

EDMONTON — Alberta Health Services says it is monitoring COVID-19 vaccination no-shows following claims on social media that some people are booking several times to try to stop others from getting a shot.

The agency says in a tweet that it shared the information with police and is making sure participating pharmacies are aware of the claims.

It says it has ways to prevent double appointments online or over the phone and will keep an eye out for false bookings.

It adds that, so far, there hasn’t been an increase in missed appointments.

AHS says that on most days, no-shows account for about one per cent of the total number of booked vaccinations.

Dr. Deena Hinshaw, chief medical officer of health, and other officials are to provide a COVID-19 update this afternoon.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 20, 2021.

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