As eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations opens at a rapid pace, governments across the U.S. face the immense challenge of getting shots into people’s arms quickly and equitably. Our state government partners are hearing the same question over and over from their constituents: Why is it so hard to find and secure a vaccination appointment?
To drive both vaccination speed and equity throughout your communities, vaccine appointment finder tools are essential.
USDR has collaborated with organizations at the federal, state, and local levels to help develop vaccine appointment finders that aggregate and streamline disparate appointment systems to help people access vaccines. Our team can immediately help you implement a vaccine appointment finder that works for your unique jurisdiction, residents, and providers.
New Jersey originally had a list of statewide vaccine providers, but no way of getting up-to-date availability information from them. USDR closely collaborated with New Jersey and other partners to help the State develop a solution that aggregates appointment availability information from the state’s major vaccine providers, using APIs and web scraping.
New Jersey’s call center personnel have been using their vaccine appointment finder tool daily to book appointments for their inbound residents. An even more user-friendly, accessible version of this appointment finder is now available to the general public, to secure appointments on their own.
People want access to COVID-19 vaccines, plain and simple. Varying eligibility requirements, appointment processes, and disparate vaccination locations can make it confusing and frustrating for your residents to identify how and where to actually get a shot. Launching a centralized vaccine appointment finder that combines appointment availability from your community’s major vaccine providers on one platform can significantly help solve that problem. The first step toward launching this tool is considering the “user journey” and creating a streamlined flow of appointment availability into one a practical, useful platform. USDR’s team can help tailor your vaccine appointment finder to meet your communities’ unique needs.
As you configure your vaccine appointment finders, you must consider two important points: which providers will be included, and how you’ll collect your information. We recommend using the following building blocks framework to prioritize the right provider types and data extraction methods for your own vaccine appointment finder:
USDR’s team will help identify technical solutions to aggregate the relevant data, saving your team, residents, and providers time and energy.
Vaccine appointment finder tools are best used in your call centers, with your community outreach partners, and for the general public. We highly recommend a “build-as-you-go” approach starting off; millions of eligible residents need help securing appointments today. APIs and web scraping methods with major providers (e.g. CVS and hospital systems using Epic) often offer the largest coverage of appointment availability. USDR will set your team up to continue making improvements and add more provider types and data extraction methods on an ongoing basis.
If any of these vaccine appointment finder challenges and resources resonate with you, USDR’s team is here to explore the best solutions for your jurisdiction, residents, and providers. USDR is nonpartisan, fast, and free. Tap the button below to fill out our request form – we’ll be in touch within hours.