The latest illustration of disconnect between the Massachusetts state government’s delivery of COVID-19 shots and the rest of the state's reality springs to life online through a guide some find cumbersome.
(TNS) — Where's a good software engineer when you need one?
One of the most frustrating aspects of the slow roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines in
Never mind that one publicly available COVID-19 vaccine was developed in
The latest illustration of this disconnect between government delivery of COVID-19 shots and the rest of the state's reality springs to life online. You may find the state's online guide to where to get a COVID-19 vaccine cumbersome and difficult — especially if you're in your eighth decade, or you're helping someone who is. And you're not alone.
Which is why
It's not an official site. It's not especially fancy. It just scrapes information from other websites about where vaccine appointments are available and pulls it all together in one place. Users can filter by whether appointments are actually offered, which is pretty much the first question anyone looking at one of these websites will have.
Imagine, a software engineer living in
Well, pretty good, as a matter of fact. So much that another site, www.vaccinatema.com, has popped up to deliver essentially the same information. This one has a few more bells and whistles — a color coded map for people who like a visual guide, as well as a searchable list. It also has an easy-to-understand chart that parses the complexities of who's eligible to receive a vaccine, who isn't and who's next in line.
Both of these homegrown sites, as well as the state's, ultimately direct people to sign up with a specific provider.
The big takeaway here is that people in private enterprise put together these sites, on their own, with more clarity and, it seems, no specific invitation from the state to help. And that begs the question: Why?
The second site, in fact, credits the work of a volunteer corps of web developers and engineers called Code for
Developers of vaccinatema.com note the state's abysmal rankings in vaccine delivery and the fact its website "requires multiple click-throughs to find availability and doesn't allow easy navigation via Google Maps. We wanted to make this process easier." Let's all be glad they did. We can also be glad that Adams picked up this side project, too.
At the same time we're more than a little disappointed in Gov.
Adams told CNN she'd reached out to the state before then, as she was developing her site. On Monday she says she finally heard back from the Coronavirus Command Center, which is just getting around to enlisting the help of one of that rare breed here in
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