HELP FIND MY SHOT
Our tips and tricks will be helpful to everyone. Here at HelpFindMyShot.com, we recognize that People of Color are disproportionately affected by Covid-19 and are being vaccinated at a much slower rate. We ask that you please help assure that there is enough vaccine in Black and Latinx communities by not registering for a vaccine in an area that is not local to you. If you don't shop in that area, please don't get a shot in that area.
Securing a vaccine can be difficult right now for seniors. It is on us all to help those in our lives who are most vulnerable. Here are some tips and tricks to get your friends, neighbors, and family registered. This page will be updated frequently as new information becomes available. Good Luck, Mask Up, and Stay Healthy!
Tips and tricks to securing a vaccine
1. Go to your state website and find out if you or the person you are helping is qualified for the vaccine. The CDC has a state by state list of all the websites here. It is towards the bottom of the page on the right under "How do I get a vaccine". You should screenshot the confirmation that you are eligible or print it off. You will need it when you go to get the vaccine.
2. Most states have either a list or a map of the locations that vaccines are available. Research all of them. Open tabs in your browser for all locations that you would consider traveling to. Throughout the day (I do every hour) refresh these web pages to see if there are any openings. Check back on the map every few days as new locations are added.
3. Search for local Facebook groups in your state that are helping people find spots as they open up. Join the group and watch for people to post openings. Some of the groups have “search parties” that are there to directly help individuals who need it. If there isn’t a group in your area, consider starting one yourself. In WA, that group is called "Find A Shot WA" linked here.
4. Have a notepad with the following information written down even if it is your own information. The pressure of having to enter this quickly can be overwhelming and cause a person to forget some of this important data. Speed is everything. Every site is asking for different information so you're better off having it all just in case.
TIP: If the info blank doesn’t indicate that it is required, skip it. Again, everything is about speed.
First and last name
Mobile phone number (Home number if they don't have a mobile and sometimes they ask for both)
Date of birth
Type of insurance
Name of the subscriber
Birthdate of the subscriber
Insurance ID number
Many of the sites also ask a series of questions that you need to know the answers to. Have a conversation about these before you go to register:
Have you ever had covid?
Have you had a vaccine of any type in the last 14 days?
Do you plan on getting any other type of vaccine in the next 14 days?
Have you been in contact with someone without a mask that has covid in the last 14 days?
Have you ever had an anaphylactic reaction to anything?
Have you ever had an allergic reaction to a vaccine?
Have you seen your primary care doctor in the last year?
Is there any reason they've advised you not to get the vaccine?
Are you on blood thinners?
Do you currently have HIV or cancer or anything else that would suppress your immune system?
5. If you are working from a computer, there is a feature called “auto-fill”. Have the info you need already stored in Auto-fill and it will save you time when you go to register.
6. Don’t select the first available date/time you see. Select one a few hours later or the next day. In general, people select the first slot and it will likely be filled before you can finish entering your info.
7. If the location you have selected, comes up as having no available time slots, DO NOT hit “back”. Instead, scroll up on the page and select a different location. If you hit the back arrow, it will erase all of the data fields you have already entered.
Registering for leftover doses
No one wants Covid Vaccine to go to waste. This is a national registry to help left over doses of vaccine get into approved people's arms. Dr. B provides a standby list that connects patients needing the COVID-19 vaccine with healthcare providers needing to administer vaccines before they expire. Patients should first attempt to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine directly with healthcare providers as those may be available earlier. Dr. B. is an independent public benefit corporation. Go here to sign up and receive a text message if a shot becomes available.
Washington state specific additional tips
Here is the Phase Finder link to get approval in WA for the vaccine.
This website is specifically for Washington State. It continually searches most of the locations that are giving out vaccine appointments and lets you know when an appointment is open. www.covidwa.com
In WA, the Facebook group that is helping find vaccine is called "Find A Shot WA" linked here.