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CDC Launches New COVID Vaccine Finder Tool

Access to COVID-19 vaccines is limited, but this tool can help you plan for when your vaccination time comes.

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With news that the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine has met U.S. Food and Drug Administration requirements, vaccination is once again front and center in many Americans’ minds.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a vaccine finder tool to help you locate vaccine distribution sites. The tool populates the name, address and phone number of pharmacies and stores within a one to 50-mile radius of your zip code.

At this time, users can search for the Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech and/or Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID vaccines and see whether specific locations are in or out of stock.

Know Your Eligibility

COVID-19 vaccinations are still in limited supply in the U.S. Vaccine eligibility varies by state, but if you are ready – or considering getting ready – to receive a vaccine, the finder tool can help you plan.

“Initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccine [should] be allocated to healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents,” according to the CDC.

The next groups the CDC recommends get vaccinated include anyone 75 years and older along with frontline essential workers. This means people working in food and agriculture, grocery stores, manufacturing, public transit and education (teachers, support staff, daycare workers, etc.) as well as corrections officers, fire fighters, police officers and U.S. Postal Service workers.

For more vaccine rollout recommendations from the CDC, see here. Contact your local health department for more specific information regarding your eligibility.

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Plan Your Vaccination

Knowing where you’ll get your vaccine is only half the battle. To assure things go as smoothly as possible, plan for what comes next as well, including scheduling a second vaccination and easing possible side effects.

“If you received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, you should get your second shot three weeks (or 21 days) after your first,” according to the CDC. “If you received the Moderna vaccine, you should get your second shot one month (or 28 days) after your first.”

You can expect some potential side effects from your vaccination, including injection site pain and swelling as well as the possibility of mild cold/flu-like symptoms.

Continue Taking Precautions

Vaccine rollout hasn’t been easy, but a new vaccine and the CDC’s vaccination finder increase hope for wider vaccine distribution. Vaccinations can help protect against COVID-19, but remember that vaccination does not mean immunity.

“It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions,” according to the CDC. “Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, avoid poorly ventilated spaces and wash your hands often.​​”

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, see here.

Always talk to your doctor before making health-related decisions.

Comments
  • Rose M.

    I have been trying to get an appointment since it opened up for seniors. I am 84, have heart trouble, had cancer and mild allergic asthma. No matter what I do by the time I check all availabilities are taken. This was a poor way to do this. I need an appointment ASAP.

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      • Matilda m.

        Like so many others I am totally frustrated trying to find a site to sign up for a shot. I am over 80 and have a transportation problem among other stumbling blocks. Anything you can do will be helpful. Thank you.

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        • I have spent more than 4 weeks glued to the internet and registering and making calls .. nothing.

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    • Edward J.

      The Governor in the face of local community Boards of Health fully ready to provide vaccine has ignored local, state and federal leaders and will not distribute vaccine to local public health organizations for thousands of individuals like you. Call your state representatives and state senators and demand the governor release vaccine to local communities, so they can provide elders, those that cannot travel to state mega-sites, including the seriously ill vaccine and the needy.

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    • KEVIN O.

      The vaccine finder app above is the first online tool that actually works, especially now that more vaccines are becoming available. Worked for me, so good luck to you!
      https://vaccinefinder.org/

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      • Marina L.

        Thank you, Kevin O. I’m glad this site worked for you. It has not bring up any availability for me (& I plugged in zip codes outside of my area) but I do hope it helps others. It’s certainly worth a try.

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    • Jennifer

      Check to see if your local Department of Health has an office for the aging. They created a waiting list I my area. Do you have a friend who is a teacher? They a red in the same phase as you so they find out when their are vaccines in the vicinity. If you do know someone ask for help.

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    • Richard T.

      I sympathize with you Rose. My soon-to-be 90 year old mother who also has heart trouble lives in NJ. I have been trying to schedule an appointment, every day, for the past 3 weeks and none are available. When someone (like a repairman) comes to her house I have to have her stay in the bathroom until they leave. Registering on the NJ website is a waste of time.

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  • Jeanne T.

    Me too. Am 85 with a caretaker daughter who cannot find an appointment anywhere. Called 211 to help me out, but still have to wait!

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  • Angelo A.

    This VAX competition process is for the birds! Having the same problem everyone is having. It would have been faster and more effective if the census data was used. Assign appointments for all census recipients, easy as that! Non census participants would have to do the current system.

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  • Edie E.

    New York City is now arranging house calls to give the J &J vaccine to the home bound. Call 311 in the NYC area to get more info on how to sign up.

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  • Rogelio R.

    I have problems inNew Jersey I’m 74 old I couldn’t make any appointment I try CVS And RITE -Aide pharmacy website all fully booked for the Vaccine

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  • Richard T.

    My other is an 89 year old high risk individual who resides in Bergen County, NJ. I am, and have been trying for weeks, to obtain an appointment for a vaccine for her – the manufacturer is not relevant. I’ve registered with the State of New Jersey, Bergen county, CVS, Walgreens. All to no avail.

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  • Melissa

    What a pointless “tool”. Every place is either booked or out of stock. I have been checking daily, at different times and there are ZERO vaccines available. Take this “tool” down. Completely useless!!!

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  • In NYS it takes patience, perseverance, and vigilance in terms of monitoring vaccine locations, availability and notifications via email/text once registered via some locations. It’s essential to respond ASAP to notifications and try checking late at night as cancellations happen often. Also, try your county Office for the Aging as they can advocate by taking information by phone when a computer is not available. Knowing when pharmacies expect delivery of vaccine is another way to be ahead of the curve. If you read about it, it’s likely too late. Again, persistence rewards.

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  • Richard T.

    I have been trying to obtain a vaccine for my 89 year-old mother for 4 weeks!!! What does she has to do – die – before I can obtain an appointment for her? I have never in my life (I’m 68) seen anything more disorganized than this vaccine rollout. But I guess if I have a couple of hundred $ to bribe someone I could get the vaccine she requires to live!!!!!!!

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