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COVID-19: Who's Better At Finding Vaccine Appointments, Massachusetts Or The CDC?

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has unveiled its own Vaccine Finder website as states scramble to get individual online COVID-19 vaccination tools running properly.

The best facet of the CDC’s vaccine finder, vaccinefinder.org, maybe that it will tell visitors if a vaccine location is out of stock. The website is updated hourly.

Massachusetts’ vaccine finder does not offer in-stock information. The website is updated often, but information about whether appointments are available is unreliable.

On Monday, March 1, for example, the CDC found 41 vaccination sites within 25 miles of Springfield, but only 24 still had vaccines in stock. About half of the vaccine centers that did have inoculations available on Monday were located in Connecticut.

The CDC does not provide information about appointment availability, but, just like Massachusetts, it does provide the links and contact information necessary to find out.

Meanwhile, frustration is growing with Massachusetts’ vaccine scheduling website. The bogged-down site offers people trying to get inoculated against COVID-19 with estimated wait times of more than 10,000 minutes just to see if they are able to make an appointment.

To find a COVID-19 vaccination site near you, visit the CDC’s finder at vaccinefinder.org or the Massachusetts finder at vaxfinder.mass.gov.

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