Everyone’s talking about it and it’s hard to know exactly what’s true and what to do.
“I hear you can get on a wait list if you call directly.”
“They said on the news there won’t be as many doses available this week.”
“You have to log in at midnight to find new appointments.”
“I hear the school is going to send an e-mail with a link.”
This past weekend, the message from a friend came in early.
“Just scheduled both doses!”
“What!? Where? How’d you do it?”
“Walgreens. It refreshes at 7am. You have to make an account beforehand and get ready to go right at 7. Have a list of zip codes and be prepared to leave your area.” This was followed up by another quick message, “Oh…and enter lots of zip code options. You’ve got to be willing to travel.”
“OK. Thanks! I’ll try tomorrow.”
Next morning…7 am…it begins.
I log into the Walgreen’s site.
“No appointments available within 25 miles of Bowdoinham, Maine for next three days.”
“No appointments available within 25 miles of Brunswick, Maine for next three days.”
“No appointments available within 25 miles of Portland, Maine for next three days.”
After attempting 5 or 6 more zip codes, I switch over to our local grocery store chain, Hannaford.
“No appointments available within 50 miles of Bowdoinham, Maine.”
“No appointments available within 50 miles of Brunswick, Maine.”
I keep at it, entering zip code after zip code with no success.
Then this happens:
What!? Are you kidding me?
This process is really taxing my recent effort to “keep it positive”.
There has to be a better way.