As people become eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine, people are scrambling trying to find open appointments to receive the vaccine. This post offers a few tips and tricks to finding and securing a vaccine appointment.
Note: The information here is Oregon-centric, although several of the links may be helpful to folks across the country. This information is not the end-all. It is just what I have been able to compile over the last several weeks.
Check often – We don’t know what days and times sites are updated, so I recommend checking daily.
Check early – I found appointments before 7am. Within 30 minutes, they were gone.
For those in Oregon, everyone 16 years or older is eligible. Those under 18 may only receive the Pfizer vaccine, however.
Since this information is subject to change, visit this site for up-to-date info:
COVID-19 Vaccine in Oregon
Here’s a quick list of sites you can check for vaccine appointments:
OHSU Hillsboro and PDX Airport Drive Thru – best to check at 9am weekdays; PDX usually offers Pfizer, Hillsboro varies between Moderna and Pfizer depending on the date. Check the Link.
Oregon Convention Center – Register, and you will receive an email invitation when appointments are available.
Native American Tribes
Many tribes are offering vaccines to all adults regardless of your state’s vaccination guidelines and schedules. Read carefully as appointments may vary between serving all adults vs. only those affiliated with their tribe. Here are some tribal locations in Oregon you might try:
Consolidated Vaccine Appointment Search Sites
Here are tools for searching multiple pharmacies nation-wide. Although it doesn’t search every site, they have most of the major pharmacy chains.
https://www.vaccinespotter.org/ – this tool allows you to specify which vaccine you seek, which is helpful to those who need Pfizer vaccines for their under-18 teens.
https://www.findashot.org/ – this one refreshes itself automatically every 4 minutes
- Every site updates at different times. For example, the OHSU site usually publishes new appointments around 9am weekdays. Walgreens seems to update theirs early in the morning (although I’ve also seen updates at other times). Try regularly at different times during the day and week.
- If there are supposed to be available slots, but you keep find no available appointments, try either of these tricks:
– Use a different browser(!). Several times I have found simply switching to a different browser, different computer, or phone, etc., and voila, appointments suddenly appear
– Change your answers to the eligibility questions (e.g. profession, etc.). Since (at least in Oregon), everyone 16 and older is eligible, those questions really don’t matter.
- Expand your search area. Try different cities and zip codes, and expand the radius of search.
- Join a vaccine finder Facebook group. This one (serving Oregon) is full of people helping each other out and posting fresh updates of available vaccines. I found mine that way and am now helping others.