I’m eligible for the vaccine Thursday. Now what?

After a year of trying to stay informed about the pandemic, I find I missed one important line of inquiry: Once I know I’m eligible for the vaccine, what then?

As far as I can see, I need to check this website, for my healthcare provider, regularly:

https://www.sharp.com/coronavirus/vaccines.cfm

Sharp will send me an email and/or text when I’m eligible, but they recommend checking the county website and scheduling an appointment myself. That URL is here:

https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/community_epidemiology/dc/2019-nCoV/vaccines/COVID-19-VaxEvents.html

There are dozens of locations in the county, and as far as I can see I have to check each one manually to find available appointments.

Also, it appears I can’t schedule an appointment until I’m already eligible. In other words, I can’t schedule an appointment today for Thursday, when I will be eligible.

Supposedly same-day appointments open up at the end of the day. I guess I’ll start keeping an eye on that Thursday.

I’ve also noted two twitter accounts that are tweeting out available appointments:

https://twitter.com/CovidVaccineSD

https://twitter.com/CovaxSd

I just now configured those twitter accounts to alert my phone when they tweet. Hopefully they will not make my phone blow up.

Any other tips?

5 thoughts on “I’m eligible for the vaccine Thursday. Now what?

  1. it’s all ‘dialing for dollars’ now. if you want to try standby, there’s a site called Hi Dr. B that will alert you by text about extra/leftover doses in your area. you put in your info, including zip code, and when there’s a vaccine available near you, you get a text. you have 15 minutes to answer the text, and then they’ll tell you where you can get it later that day. https://hidrb.com/

    Two tips I got from friends:

    when you do log on to various appointment sites, don’t be so eager to get a vaccine that very day/week. look at dates further out and you’ll likely do better. we’ve waited a year; we can hold out a bit longer.

    if you want to try standby on your own, go to one of the huge venues (Fenway Park vs your local CVS). Sheer volume improves your chances.

    Good luck to all of us!

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  2. I don’t live in your county, but I live in Chicago, which really was an exemplary model of how not to do it — state disagreed with county and city (as to “Phase 1B+”), and individual corporate companies decided to have individual decisions on whether they were following state, county or city guidelines.

    General suggestions — https://vaccinefinder.org/search/ is a federal index of vaccine-givers. See which pharmacies (Walgreens, Rite-Aid, Jewel-Osco, CVS — these brands may mean nothing to you, but their equivalent out there) are giving them and if they have websites to monitor.

    Definitely look at the local subreddit for your city or county, as they may have a stickied thread about vaccine availability and tips. Also look for a Facebook group entitled something like “______ Vaccine Hunters” with the dash being your city or county for tips on how to use those websites.

    (For example, Walgreens would dump all their appointments at 6:00 am, meaning that checking it at any time between 6:05 am and 5:59 am the next day would be useless.)

    Finally, see if there is a FEMA-run site nearby your area. That is what ended up working for me, and it was marvelously efficient. No lines, no exposure, in and out in 20 minutes.

    Good luck.

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      • Basically just a lot of conflicting messages and guidelines, and created a lot of necessity to find out what set of rollout phases each entity was following, etc. That having been said, it did create a real sense of how to chase after appointments, which I impart upon to you. 🙂

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