Get on a Vaccine Standby Waiting List

A new startup for "leftover vaccines."

One of the strategies people have used to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is to know someone in the loop providing vaccines and get called when there are leftover doses that are going to expire. Then you "tailgate" in and get your shot. It is the "who you know, not what you know" solution to vaccine administration. Actually, this is how I got my first dose of the vaccine (Moderna) and now will get my second dose today. I blogged on this earlier.

Some enterprising individuals have tried to take the word-of-mouth system and digitize it: Dr.B: "The standby list for leftover COVID vaccines."

It is a new approach for getting vaccines that are about to expire into the arms of willing recipients. Likely it doesn't have a totally national footprint because it is so new, but as word spreads there will be more providers who sign up to participate, which eliminates them becoming a "call center" at the end of the day looking to get people to come in for shots when others have not shown up. It is another solution. 

Trying to register and get scheduled on state or other websites can be frustrating. My wife and I are glad to be done with "the hunt." 

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.