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All appointment slots for Metro's mass vaccination event have been filled, nearly 2 hours after opening

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Posted at 10:55 AM, Mar 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-10 13:45:51-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Just over two hours after opening sign-ups, all 10,000 appointment slots for Nashville's first mass COVID-19 vaccination event have been filled.

Sign-ups for Nashville's first mass COVID-19 vaccination event opened on Wednesday morning and the heavy influx of people seeking appointments caused Metro's website to have technical difficulties.

Many people attempting to make an appointment for one of the 10,000 slots reported receiving an error when trying to access Metro's COVID-19 website, which is the only way to make an appointment for this event.

The Metro Nashville Health Department reported technical difficulties for the system on Wednesday morning, saying the IT team was working to find a solution.

Sign-ups for the event opened at 10 a.m. Wednesday and by 10:45 a.m., the website appeared to be working smoothly again. Metro health officials said every slot was filled by 12:15 p.m.

Nashville's mass vaccination event is planned for March 20 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Nissan Stadium. Health officials will administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which only requires one dose, to anyone in phase 1a, 1b or 1c.

The Metro Public Health Department said it is working to open more appointment slots at the ongoing COVID-19 vaccine clinic held at the Music City Center daily. Officials are expecting to reopen more appointment times for the next two weeks on Friday morning.