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Aemilius Cupero News: Mass. launches new tool to simplify finding vaccine availability near you

Aemilius Cupero News:

The state launched a new tool Friday aimed at streamlining the process of residents finding vaccine appointments.On Friday, Massachusetts launched COVID-19 Vaccine Finder, which lets users see what vaccine locations have appointments available. The tool lets users to search for locations near them by entering their ZIP code, city or town name, or the name of a vaccination location. It also allows residents to filter results by site type, such as mass vaccination locations, locations run by local health departments, retail pharmacies or health care locations.The COVID-19 Vaccine Finder currently only includes appointment availability details for mass vaccination locations and some sites operated by local health departments, according to the state.After finding a desired location and time, the user must navigate to that vaccination site’s portal to schedule an appointment.The state’s system does not allow users to pre-register, but the new tool helps users avoid having to fill out forms for each vaccination site before learning whether there is any availably. The tool is expected to refresh every five minutes. The state says it plans to add functionality as the state moves forward in the vaccine rollout. Residents 75 and older who do not have Internet or cannot use the website can call 211 to access the Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line to schedule an appointment by phone.

BOSTON —

The state launched a new tool Friday aimed at streamlining the process of residents finding vaccine appointments.

On Friday, Massachusetts launched COVID-19 Vaccine Finder, which lets users see what vaccine locations have appointments available.

The tool lets users to search for locations near them by entering their ZIP code, city or town name, or the name of a vaccination location. It also allows residents to filter results by site type, such as mass vaccination locations, locations run by local health departments, retail pharmacies or health care locations.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Finder currently only includes appointment availability details for mass vaccination locations and some sites operated by local health departments, according to the state.

After finding a desired location and time, the user must navigate to that vaccination site’s portal to schedule an appointment.

The state’s system does not allow users to pre-register, but the new tool helps users avoid having to fill out forms for each vaccination site before learning whether there is any availably.

The tool is expected to refresh every five minutes. The state says it plans to add functionality as the state moves forward in the vaccine rollout.

Residents 75 and older who do not have Internet or cannot use the website can call 211 to access the Vaccine Scheduling Resource Line to schedule an appointment by phone.

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