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Iowa to participate in beta launch of VaccineFinder

Published: Mar. 4, 2021 at 6:54 PM CST
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) - Iowa will participate in the beta launch of VaccineFinder. It will serve as another website where Iowans can go to find COVID-19 vaccine providers.

The website will send people to a pre-screening or scheduling website. But, it will only show locations that serve the general public. It will also show, which providers have vaccine doses in stock.

The first vaccine portal the state used had a number of flaws. Our KCRG-TV9 i9 Investigative Unit found that about 20 different counties were wrongly listed as having no vaccine providers on the state’s first COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Portal.

Last Friday, Iowa released a new website called Vaccinate Iowa. This website fixed those problems and had the latest information from the state about vaccinations, including when residents are eligible for them.

Iowans can’t schedule vaccination appointments directly from the website, but it does provide contact details for vaccine providers. However, it’s not a guarantee that those providers have doses in stock.

Nancy Townsend, who is trying to get a vaccine appointment, said it’s frustrating to call providers who then tell her they don’t have doses of vaccine.

She said she’s called numerous places and constantly checked schedules online.

“No appointments, no appointments, no appointments,” Townsend said. ”So I check everyday, hours a day. And they say, ‘we’ll put your name on the list,’ okay.”

Tess Roetlin, who runs Pharmacy on 8th in Downtown Wellman, said she has a list with around 100 people waiting for a vaccine.

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