Here's How to Score a Leftover COVID Vaccine for Yourself
Health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have made it clear: get the vaccine when it is your turn to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. While millions of Americans are patiently waiting for their time to get one of the three vaccines—Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson—there are actually some doses left over at clinics that are going to waste. And, one company is giving you the opportunity to prevent that from happening, and to get your COVID immunity sooner rather than later. Read on to learn about how to score a leftover COVID vaccine for yourself—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.
Get on the "Standby List for Leftover COVID Vaccines"
Dr. B, a New York based company, is a matching service for vaccine providers with extra doses and people who want the vaccine as soon as possible. The company describes their service as a "standby list for leftover COVID vaccines," and so far, over 558,000 people have been added to it.
"Leftovers happen. People miss their appointments. Vials come with extra doses. Any thawed vials must be used within 6 hours, or they get thrown out," they explain. "Looking to get vaccinated but can't get an appointment? Join the standby list to get connected with local providers with extra doses."
Signing up is incredibly easy and takes about one minute, via a quick form online. All you need is your basic information—name, age, location, job, and whether you live in a group setting. They also ask you to check off any health conditions you might have. Then, they send you a message confirming you have been added to the list. "We will text you when a dose becomes available," they explain in their confirmation message. "You will need to respond within 15 minutes to confirm." At the time, they will ask you if you can arrive at the vaccination at a specific time. If you can, they then disclose the vaccination site.
Also, if you receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, the provider will schedule your second dose, without having to go back on the list. "The Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines in the US require two doses, 21-28 days apart (depending on the brand). For those brands, it is crucial that patients receive the second follow-up dose. Experts advise staying with the same vaccine brand for both doses," they say. However, if you receive the Johnson & Johnson, which only requires one dose, you will be done.
The best thing is, signing up doesn't cost a dime. "Dr. B and the COVID-19 vaccine are both free of charge. Health care providers will bill insurance companies, Medicaid and Medicare, or tap federal funds for the uninsured," they explain. "You may incur a copayment at the time of service. Any questions about your insurance copays, deductibles, or out of pocket expenses should be discussed with the provider at the time of the shot."
How to Have a Shot at Getting a Leftover Vaccine
For more information or to sign up, visit the Dr. B website here. And remember to continue following Dr. Anthony Fauci's fundamentals and help end this pandemic, no matter where you live—wear a face mask that fits snugly and is double layered, don't travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, don't go indoors with people you're not sheltering with (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.