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With doses in short supply, thousands of frustrated COVID-19 vaccine seekers are turning to social media for help and getting it

Angie Leventis Lourgos, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Health & Fitness

“I know how scary it can be when you have family members that are in the high-risk group and you want to do what you can to protect them,” she said. “I’ve still been checking the site to do the same for others.”

‘Unprecedented times’

Requests for help or new tips are posted periodically on Chicago Vaccine Hunters, as members figure out a best time for fresh appointments or a new location offering doses.

I have gotten lucky with Walgreens around 1:30 in the afternoon. Try and have several ZIP codes to try between.

I just got (an) appointment at Loyola for March 5 online. Thanks to the beautiful person who put the info on here.

It’s a late notice but I have to cancel my father’s (appointment) at Jewel-Osco today at 10 a.m. He had a stroke yesterday and is in the hospital. Want someone to take his spot. Will be canceling in few min if anyone wants it. Thanks!

 

Naglewski organized the site in early February, initially thinking it might attract a couple hundred members. In less than two weeks, membership grew exponentially; some posts talked about starting similar sites in other cities across the country.

“It’s really exploded more than I ever thought,” he said.

While the process of tracking down doses can be maddening, Naglewski believes seeing posts about others finding appointments or getting their first shot offers some encouragement to those still searching.

“People get frustrated,” he said. “It’s like grabbing concert tickets — you can’t click the button fast enough. When I see people get discouraged, I think it’s important to give people some hope.”

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