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6 Apr, 7 tweets, 2 min read
Back when Covid-19 vaccines first started being distributed, getting an appointment was so maddeningly difficult that many people were plunged into despair.

Then, like magic, the “vaccine fairies” appeared. #NBCNewsThreads (1/7) nbcnews.com/news/us-news/m…
A volunteer army of computer-savvy Americans has stepped up to help family, friends, and even strangers book appointments.

Many are found through word-of-mouth, but some volunteer nonprofits like “Vaccine Fairy” have claimed to secure nearly 8,000 appointments nationwide. (2/7)
The 126 bookings that volunteer Zulay Beltran has made were in honor of her 83-year-old grandmother, who died of Covid-19 last April.

“I think about how hard it would have been for her to schedule an appointment,” Beltran says. “She would have wanted me to help others.” (3/7)
To public health expert Summer Johnson McGee, “vaccine fairies” indicate a “lack of public health infrastructure and planning around the vaccination rollout” in the U.S.

“The blame goes to the government for a lack of... sufficient staffing to help navigate this system.” (4/7)
For volunteer Sam Mueller, landing appointments can be a challenging game. But it’s given her a needed lift during the pandemic.

“I think we’ve learned a lot... about being part of a community and who is being forgotten,” she says. “This is how we keep each other safe.” (5/7)
Even with the influx of assistance, danger lurks. Scammers and identity thieves have preyed upon the most vulnerable Americans looking to secure shots. Police departments nationwide have warned people desperate for a shot to be careful about giving out personal information (6/7)
“There are people out there who will try to take advantage of the situation,” says Officer Candice Simeoni, who investigates elder crimes in Maine and has gotten reports from seniors who've had people ask for their social security numbers when trying to secure vaccines. (7/7)

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