'Genius' Covid website alerts you to new Pfizer appointments in Sydney

A ‘genius’ Covid website has been created that alerts eligible Austra.

The website was made last weekend by Fraser Hemphill with just a spare $20 after a friend of his who works as a nurse spent hours struggling to book online.

Website ‘Covid Queue’ was created by Sydney man Fraser Hemphill for $20 and it helps you to find new Pfizer appointments at Sydney’s four biggest vaccination hubs

Mr Hemphill took to Reddit to share the site creation and wrote, ‘I struggled to book a vaccine, so I made a site that DINGS where there are vaccine bookings available.’

The website gathers a list of all the next available appointments in real-time at the largest vaccination clinics and centres in Sydney, including Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Camperdown, St Vincent Hospital in Darlinghurst, Westmead Hospital and the vaccination hub at Sydney Olympic Park in Homebush.

Users simply click a button that reads ‘Get in the line’ and the site starts to collate the appointment data of the four locations. 

‘Covid Queue’ makes searching for a vaccine easier as Sydneysiders struggle to find available vaccination slots (pictured, Aussies queue for the jab at the Olympic Park on Tuesday)

The site says, ‘It’s difficult to book a Covid vaccination in Sydney right now, so this website will update you when there are slots available’.

The website also encourages you to log in to the booking sites of the four vaccination locations ahead of time so that when an appointment becomes available, you can book quickly.

A bell ‘rings’ when a Pfizer appointment is found when you’re accessing your computer and a link is sent to direct you to book.

The site has also made an alert sound of two bell rings when two available spots are found three weeks apart allowing you to book both appointments for the two doses.

When a Pfizer vaccine slot is available the site ‘rings a bell’ to alert user’s and sends a direct link to book the appointment

The site has come at a time when many Sydneysiders eligible for the Pfizer vaccine have been struggling to find appointments to book their shot. 

Talya Jacobson from Mascot in Sydney’s east is eligible for the Pfizer vaccine and said: ‘It’s been really frustrating trying to find appointments as the GP sites are booking in two week periods only and I have to keep checking to see if there are any available.’

‘It’s the luck of the draw. I know more should open up but it’s very painful having to keep searching around.’ 

While Pfizer is the preferred vaccine for younger people, anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to access AstraZeneca as the rare side effects far outweigh the risks of Covid-19 (pictured, a woman gets the vaccine on Wednesday in Bankstown)

Mr Hemphill, the creator the site told the Sydney Morning Herald: ‘The booking sites are really hard to find via Google. This saves time because you only need to check one site, not multiple.

‘I’ve been watching all the appointments go through the system and for Pfizer appointments it’s crazy: bookings sometimes pop up the next day but – depending on when you log in – the next appointment can be in November.’

NSW residents above the age of 18 are now eligible to receive the widely available AstraZeneca vaccine from GPs, https://ameblo.jp/tokpedslot88/ pharmacies and vaccination hubs.

ATAGI changed its medical advice on July 23 telling residents over the age of 18 to ‘strongly consider’ getting the AstraZeneca jab

On July 23, Australia’s top immunisation advisory body, ATAGI, told Sydneysiders over the age of 18, to ‘strongly consider’ getting the AstraZeneca Covid-19 jab. 

ATAGI said it was also advising Australians living in areas with coronavirus outbreaks to shorten the time between their first and second doses to four to eight weeks instead of the usual 12.  

‘All individuals aged 18 years and above in Greater Sydney, including adults under 60 years of age, should strongly consider getting vaccinated with any available vaccine including Covid-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca,’ the group said in a statement. 

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‘ATAGI reaffirms our previous advice that in a large outbreak, the benefits of the Covid-19 vaccine AstraZeneca are greater than the risk of rare side effects for all age groups.’ 

Anyone aged 18 years and over can access a booking for the British-developed vaccine as long as they provide ‘informed consent’

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