Broward’s COVID vaccination sign-up site goes down then back up

Susannah Bryan, South Florida Sun Sentinel

Patience was required Sunday for seniors hoping to use the Florida Department of Health’s Broward County site to make a COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

People 65 and over can sign up for vaccinations by appointment only through the state Department of Health’s Broward County website at browardcovidvaccine.com.

Yet on Sunday, the site had periods where it went offline.

It was down early Sunday morning and came back online at 6:21 a.m., the department said on Twitter.

By 9 a.m. it was down again — and back up 12 minutes later.

Then, at 9:46 a.m. came another tweet announcing that the site was down and would be back up in about one hour.

“We thank you for your patience,” the tweet said.

One South Floridian seemingly irked by the glitches tweeted: “How is it that in 2021 I can log onto a computer, order and pick up a pizza in less than 30 minutes but you can’t develop of system that doesn’t crash and also allows seniors to register without waiting in five hour plus lines without any hassle?”

The website crashed on Wednesday after being overwhelmed by the number of people trying to sign up, but was back online by mid-afternoon.

Vaccines are available by appointment at the following locations:

Tradewinds Park

3600 W Sample Rd., Coconut Creek.

Hours: Sunday-Thursday (Closed Friday, Saturday): 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Site Opens: Sunday, January 3, 2021

Vista View Park

4001 SW 142nd Ave, Davie

Hours: Sunday-Thursday (Closed Friday, Saturday): 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Site Opens: Sunday, January 3, 2021

Markham Park

16001 W State Road 84, Sunrise

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday (Closed Sunday, Monday): 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Site Opens: Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Central Regional Park

3700 NW 11 Place, Lauderhill

Hours: Monday-Friday (Closed Saturday, Sunday) 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Site Opens: Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Testing is no longer being offered at Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale to allow for the site to be transitioned into a vaccine administration site. Operational details are still being worked out with the intent of offering vaccines as early as next week.

Broward Health is also a vaccination site, but has stopped accepting appointments due to high demand.

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Susannah Bryan can be reached at sbryan@sunsentinel.com or 954-356-4554 or on Twitter @Susannah_Bryan