In the search for a vaccine appointment, a woman accidentally creates her own Eventbrite registration page

Reporter: Anika Henanger Writer: Drew Hill
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Many people are having difficulty with the websites to book COVID-19 vaccine appointments. In a woman’s search for an appointment, she accidentally created her own appointment registration page.

When something is unfamiliar to us, we either don’t try out of fear or we find the guts to do it. Gina lives in Collier County and she was afraid at first. “I let fear stop me from doing something. Because I think oh I’m not sure I can do that,” she said.

Once we actually do try, we might make it harder on ourselves. “We make it harder on ourselves, because of that fear and apprehension,” Gina said.

Many of you are just like Gina, being intimidated by the thought of using Eventbrite to make a vaccine appointment.

“I had actually printed the instructions a few weeks earlier and I read them and thought this is a lot to have to go through,” she said. “I wasn’t going to do it.”

But after she found the instructions, she studied and followed them. “And all of a sudden I started getting emails. From other people, just scrolling emails. With ticket number, ticket number, ticket number, different names,” said Gina. “And that’s what started me questioning ‘what did I do?'”

Those instructions Gina found were actually meant for Eventbrite organizers. So, by perfectly following them, Gina set up her own vaccine appointment event. Dozens signed up in a matter of seconds, then those dozens lashed out at her.

“‘How could you do this? How could you do this to seniors?’ And I wrote back. I was heartbroken,” she said. “And I’m going to start crying at this moment just because it was so, I was just so shocked.”

She wasn’t trying to deceive seniors because she is one. Gina did get that event taken down and even talked to the Health Department.

“I thought ‘oh my God, why didn’t that hit me?'” Gina asked.

Gina said she didn’t realize she was creating an event instead of making an appointment.

“It’s a learning experience in many ways,” she said.

If this is pandemic has taught everyone anything, it’s that we’re all still learning.

The Health Department in Collier County said there’s no way to know how many people tried to or actually made appointments with Gina.

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