DENVER (KDVR) – Now that vaccine appointments are open to all Coloradans age 16 and older, people are leaning on resources to help them navigate the often difficult sign-up process.
“I’ve been trying for probably a week and a half,” said Tom Rice, of Evergreen. Then he turned to a new subscription site that pays people to find an appointment for you.
Through the COVID Consultants and their vaccine scheduler service, patients pay $30 to the group and a HIPAA-certified, tech-savvy employee will stay up all night searching different websites to find an open appointment in your area.
“I called them up and was amazed that literally within 15 minutes, they had an appointment scheduled for me in two days,” Rice said.
The COVID Consultants is a group of infectious disease specialists who provide testing and advisory services.
Dr. Dana Lerman is co-founder of the group. She said nobody should pay for a vaccine. The $30 price tag is to pay the HIPAA-certified employees.
“They have figured out how to navigate the system and how to stay up all night and constantly refresh that button so people don’t have to do it,” Lerman said.
Lerman said it takes about 24 to 48 hours for staff to find open appointments for clients.
Rice was happy with his outcome. “Got the Moderna shot. Was in and out 15 or 20 minutes,” he said.
There are other support services available that don’t cost money. The website vaccinespotter.org has helped some people.
The volunteer group Vaccine Helpers uses a Google doc to take your information, and then they say they help find appointments.
Coloradans can follow COVaxAlerts on Twitter. The account uses a bot to tweet when vaccine slots become available.
Lerman recommended that people explore all of their options.
“If there’s a free service that you can find, I say go for it! All we care about here is that you get a vaccine,” she said.
If you would like help from Lerman’s group, visit TheCOVIDConsultants.com or call 303-309-0093.