All booked up: First appointments for COVID-19 vaccines at the Spokane Arena filled in less than two hours

If you didn’t get an appointment at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena to be vaccinated against COVID-19, you are not alone.

All 3,000 appointments for COVID-19 vaccines, offered at the Spokane Arena by CHAS Health and other community partners, were full before 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Earlier in the morning, with about half of the appointments filled, the website crashed and CHAS’ phone lines went down, although the system came back online around 10:30 a.m. and the remaining slots filled very quickly. More than 60,000 attempts to make appointments occurred, CHAS Health said in a press release, and that caused the system to crash.

CHAS has expanded its server capacity

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