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Hundreds of New Yorkers descended on a vaccination site after a Facebook post said there were over 400 spare shots. Officials say it was a ‘bogus’ rumor.


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A rumor about extra COVID-19 vaccines available in Brooklyn swept Facebook and Twitter Thursday afternoon.

But as swarms of New Yorkers descended on the vaccination site, the mayor’s office tweeted that the shots are reserved for people with appointments, and the Facebook post was a “bogus” rumor.

A post that read, “PLEASE SHARE: We need to give out 410+ doses in the next 4 hours at Brooklyn Army Terminal (by 7pm), taking anyone in community age 18+, walk ins, or earlier than scheduled” was shared and reposted across parents’ groups and other Facebook circles.

Per @JustinBrannan + mayor’s office, recent Facebook rumor about extra vaccine doses up for grabs at Brooklyn Army Terminal is false. pic.twitter.com/YNkUW31zye

— Maya Kaufman (@mayakauf) January 14, 2021

 

Bill Neidhardt, press secretary to Mayor Bill de Blasio, quickly shut down this claim on Twitter, but the news had already spread. Approximately 500 people were in line at Brooklyn Army Terminal around 5pm, Jessica Valenti tweeted.

Apparently the Brooklyn Army Terminal vaccine center has hundreds of shots about to go bad so I am on line with approx 500 people lol

— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) January 14, 2021

 

Another Twitter user, Stephen Lurie, posted a video of people standing in line at Brooklyn Army. He wrote that it looked like more than 400 people were there, and that a security guard was telling people to go home but they were asking for more information and refusing to leave.

More of the line, which seems far bigger than 400 by now pic.twitter.com/PdTPsvFlM8

— Stephen Lurie (@luriethereal) January 14, 2021

 

Neidhart also wrote in tweet that the mayor’s office would be sending someone to clear up the line.

NYC Councilman Justin Brannan confirmed to Insider’s Hilary Brueck that the claim about extra vaccines was “100% BOGUS.”

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