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Massachusetts' vaccine appointment site crashed Thursday morning, just as many became eligible to register for appointments. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Massachusetts' vaccine appointment site crashed Thursday morning, just as many became eligible to register for appointments. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

If you're 65 or older, or have two or more underlying health conditions, you're newly eligible to sign up for a coronavirus vaccine appointment in Massachusetts.

But if you logged on to the state's website to book an appointment Thursday morning, you would have seen an error message. Just after 11 am, the official state Twitter account posted that all appointments at the mass vaccination sites in Springfield, Danvers, Natick and Dartmouth had been booked, and apologized for "website challenges."

We take listener calls and review what went wrong with WBUR CommonHealth reporter Angus Chen and Boston Globe tech writer Hiawatha Bray. We also hear from Tim Rowe, co-founder of CIC Health, which operates the mass vaccination sites at Gillette Stadium and Fenway Park.

This segment aired on February 18, 2021.

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Angus Chen Twitter Reporter, CommonHealth
Angus Chen is a reporter for WBUR's CommonHealth.

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