Seniors (and others) who have no internet access to sign up for appointments, people without transportation to get to the mass vax sites,
I feel like those registration sites are pure BS, put up there to make it look like something is actually happening. Right up front they tell you that registering on the site does not necessarily mean you will get an appointment.
Increasingly, people around here are saying that it boils down to who you know. Someone on the "inside" who can call you when there are unkept appointments, cancellations.
I have a friend who is 77 years old, has cancer and hypertension. She is on every list she could find and she has not been called. She is way more than eligible yet...nothing.
Everything is location, location, as far as which state you're in. Here the online registration is working (after some initital site crashes, to be sure). It's how DH and I, and everyone I know, got their appointments. But again, there are a bunch of different entities and paths to registration: the counties, your own health care provider, and now, the pharmacies (although I don't know how far they are set up yet). Some health care providers are letting anyone make an appointment, some you have to be an existing patient. It is definitely a labyrinth.
Not at this point, at least not for my state. When I was quoting the person who said "lots of vaccine available" he was saying that we would have lots of vaccine by summer. Not now, or in the next few months.
I get it. My point is even when there is lots of vaccine available, distribution will still remain a bottleneck, at least in my state. There are so many different entities and paths to get vaccinated, a lot of people are frustrated and confused. Seniors (and others) who have no internet access to sign up for appointments, people without transportation to get to the mass vax sites, etc.
In New Mexico there is also a telephone number provided for those who don't have internet access or don't want to sign up online.
In New Mexico there is supposed to be one place to register for the vaccine, the NM Department of Health. But it seems there are other places doing distribution. We got our appointments through one of the hospitals. A friend got hers as she is a patient at the Pulmonary Care Center at another hospital. I did go back into the NMDOH site and update it to show I'd had the first vaccine, but if I hadn't done that I'm not sure if the information would have been sent by the hospital. We also use MyChart and now have accounts set up for both the hospital groups we use. We were able to link those, but again I don't know if the information goes to NMDOH or not.
fullmahina, hah! See, here I am in Calif. and I had not even heard of that website. It looks legit. There is supposed to be state run one some day, but as far as I know it's only up and running in LA and San Diego.
However, I am done with the search. DH and I got dose numero uno of the Moderna vax this afternoon. Took less than an hour including the 15 minutes you have to wait in case you get a bad reaction. Second shot scheduled March 9, same time, same place. We have our vax cards in our wallets. Whoopee!
So far, no side effects other than a flushed face for a half hour or so right after.
See, here I am in Calif. and I had not even heard of that website.
My daughter lives in Mendocino County and I sent her that site. Nothing available close to her. She was on the fence about getting the vaccine (way down on the list for eligibility anyway) but leaning towards getting it---I think she wants to see how people are responding before she goes for it. She went through an anti-vaxxer phase years ago but has since abandoned that stance. Her oldest is doing her first year of college remotely and can't wait to get her vaccines and get on with her life.
DH got a text from the VA yesterday and was able to make an appointment to get his first COVID vaccine dose for next Wednesday. They had a month's worth of openings available at the time he responded, about half hour after the text was sent. I am hoping that this means the supply is increasing for the rest of us too. Grateful that he is able to get his vaccine (heart disease, cancer, and an autoimmune disorder) but I want mine too!
The organization in my county remains a s***s*** but here's hoping that things are opening up a bit.
"In my defense, I was left unsupervised and there was a full moon."
I could make an appointment today for the first time, but by the time I got on in the afternoon there were no appointments left. Guess I'll have to wait until the next supply of vaccine. One problem is I don't want to go out of town for my vaccine so I'm limited to three sites. Just remembered one of the Wal-Marts is going to do vaccines and I haven't checked to see if CVS or Walgreen's are doing vaccine in our town.
lani, I got set up on the websites for CVS, Walgreen's, and Wal-Mart so now I can check them plus the locations in VAMS. If we are going to be getting all of the vaccine that Biden says he is buying the appointments will eventually open up.
I got set up on the websites for CVS, Walgreen's, and Wal-Mart so now I can check them plus the locations in VAMS. If we are going to be getting all of the vaccine that Biden says he is buying the appointments will eventually open up.
I got an appointment for my first COVID shot for Monday at a nearby Walgreen's. I did it online, following a tip I heard about. Walgreen's says it refreshes their appointment availabilities every hour when they get no-shows or cancellations and some did come up for Sunday but the weather is supposed to be absolutely horrible here tomorrow. Walgreen's appointments only go out for the next three days on the calendar and then the next available day's appointment openings are posted at midnight.
I set myself up on the Walgreen's site at about 11:45 last night and did the back-button thing every few minutes so I wouldn't be timed out. At midnight I did it again....nothing. Kept doing it every minute and at 12:03 the appointments popped up. I chose the store I preferred (it showed two slots available) but by the time my request went through the appointments were already taken. It told me to choose another appointment so I saw a store that had 15 availabilities for Monday and snagged one of them. Before you make the appointment you are already designated as needing either two shots or one so you are prompted to make a second appointment after you make the first appointment and sent to the page where you choose the time for your second shot on the proper day.
DH had an appointment with the VA for Wednesday but I saw a flyer online (never notified by the VA about this) that on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday they were having walk-in clinics for eligible veterans (over 65 who were already getting treatment from the VA healthcare system) at the VA center my husband goes to. I called to verify and he went over and got his first shot plus an appointment for the second one.
fullmahina, Yesterday morning two Walgreen's 20-30 minutes from us in good traffic had appointments but as you said the weather is supposed to be iffy tomorrow so I passed. Thanks for the tip about the appointments going online at midnight.
fullmahina , Yesterday morning two Walgreen's 20-30 minutes from us in good traffic had appointments but as you said the weather is supposed to be iffy tomorrow so I passed. Thanks for the tip about the appointments going online at midnight.
We were prepared to have to travel over 100 miles to the NYS capitol where it seems they have huge availability. There simply seemed to be no availability in our area---no big distribution centers, no concerted local government efforts.
It was quite a welcome surprise to book my appointment at a Walgreen's that is less than 7 miles away!!
"In my defense, I was left unsupervised and there was a full moon."