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Local web developers come up with creative ways to help people get vaccinated – CBS Boston

BOSTON (CBS) – Some of Massachusetts’ countless technical minds are working independently to help solve the latest problems with getting immunization appointments.

The process has been so problematic lately that it scares some. “I haven’t tried,” said Mike Smith, who lives near the mass vaccination site at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. “I thought myself that I was just going to wait,” said Nany Shapiro of Norfolk.

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Somerville man says he can help. Web developer Dan Cahoon created a Twitter account called @vaccinetime. “It’s a bit like sitting yourself refreshing the page over and over again, looking for appointments to display, but instead of having to, you can subscribe to this Twitter bot and get notified, ”he said. Explain. When an appointment is posted anywhere in the state, users receive a message with a link.

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Another web developer, Olivia Adams in Arlington, has created her own user-friendly website macovidvaccines.com to help people find dates. She looked, as the state vaccine websites crashed Thursday morning under the onslaught of newly eligible residents trying to log in at the time.

When asked if it was possible to avoid another fiasco when the next phase of residents join, she said there are clear solutions. “The way the modern web architecture works now is you can sign in to services from Google or Amazon are the two big services, and they’ll do a lot of work to say, ‘when your website is cluttered with traffic, We’ll “make sure to add more servers and more back-end hardware that you need to run a website, so we can handle all that traffic,” Adams explained.

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Adams spoke to the state’s COVID Response Command Center last week, and Cahoon said he would be happy to partner up his Twitter bot with the state. Residents hope that kind of intelligence will make a difference. “Anything they can do to make it more accessible to people,” said Sasha Gunther, who lives in Waltham. “I think it’s great.”