How to sign up for the vaccine 1

The vaccine is always free.

The key is to refresh the screen often.

That’s how you land a Covid vaccine appointment online, whether you’re getting one through, the city’s site, or, the one created by software engineer Huge Ma and operated by a Twitter bot that scans government web pages for information.

Appointments come and go quickly. One might hit and see Walgreens/Duane Reade at 58-22 99 St. in Corona pop up with the desired “First Dose Appointments Available!” message, as the Chronicle did at 2:42 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. By 2:45 that one was gone and instead the Walgreens/Duane Reade at 249-46 Horace Harding Expwy. in Little Neck was in play. Things move that fast. Keep reopening the page.

Those who are not online can call 1 (877) VAX-4NYC (829-4692) to sign up.

Any New York State resident 50 or over can get vaccinated. Younger adults with certain jobs or certain medical conditions also qualify. The rules on eligibility are posted online at

— Peter C. Mastrosimone

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The key is to allow people to sign up at their local pharmacies so they can be called when there is availability. Sorry but not everyone has a computer. And even those who have a computer aren't that savvy with it. This is a matter of life and death. Then Cuomo keeps opening it up to younger people while older people still haven't been able to get vaccinated. This was not handled very well.

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