Today, I learned a new term, “vaccine hunters.” The “vaccine” refers to the Cornoavirus pandemic. Currently, three vaccines have been approved for emergency use in the US: Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson. The “hunter” needs a bit explanations.
Due to the limited supply of the Covid-19 vaccines, the imbalance between supply and demand creates a need to prioritize who gets immunized first. Each state and local governments develop rules on immunization roll out based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. But implementation varies significantly according to jurisdiction.
The complicated web of limited supplies plus a plethora of logistics in getting registered to receive the immunization shots is causing many people who need the vaccine but have no access to the information, computer, vaccination site, or know-how. These people are called the seekers.
Answering to the need, groups of volunteers emerged using social media to help the seekers in finding their immunization appointment. The volunteers are called the hunters. They scour the social media and hunt down spare dosages due to no show or open appointment due to last minute cancellation at both the government sites as well as private pharmacies like CVS, Walgreens, etc.
As one can imaging, it’s a game of persistence and luck. One day when the vaccine becomes plenty, the need for the hunters will diminish. But at least for the time being, the vaccine hunters are providing a much needed service for those neglected populations.
Are you concerned about not getting vaccinated in time?