In an effort to provide the public with information regarding COVID-19 vaccine availability, the CDC has released VaccineFinder, an online tool that allows users to find a COVID-19 vaccine close to their zip code. Users can select either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, check availability, and will be able to make an appointment with a provider.
“The site will only include inventory data from 29,000 providers to start, roughly a quarter of the national total. They will include locations in four states — Alaska, Indiana, Iowa, and Tennessee — along with providers registered in the federal pharmacy program. The decision to limit the initial rollout of the tool comes on the heels of several high-profile failures of state sites to enable vaccine location and scheduling, tools that couldn’t manage the crush of millions of people trying to find vaccine information at once.” Read more here.
(Source: Katie Palmer, STAT News, 2/24/21)