Volunteers Help Senior Citizens Get COVID Vaccine Appointments

As many people have experienced, trying to find a COVID vaccination appointment can be a daunting task, especially for seniors. Now, so-called "Vaccine Angels" are taking it upon themselves to help; CBS2's Meg Baker reports.

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- As a lot of people have experienced, trying to find a COVID vaccination appointment and book it, it can be frustrating and daunting, especially for senior citizens. So now, so-called "Vaccine Angles" are taking it upon themselves to help others. CBS 2's Meg Baker has this story.

MEG BAKER: Seth Oclatis was searching for days for a vaccination appointment for his father-in-law to no avail.

SETH OCLATIS: A lot of these sites off-- like release appointments, and they get scooped up in five minutes.

MEG BAKER: Then he found the Facebook group "New Jersey COVID Vaccine Info," a group created by regular folks to help others navigate the daunting booking process. And that's where he connected with what he calls a "Vaccine Angel--" a volunteer who secured an appointment for his father-in-law.

SETH OCLATIS: I am so grateful that there are these individuals who are really just doing this out of the kindness of their heart for strangers. They have no incentive to do this.

MEG BAKER: I've heard that you've helped more than 50 people?

JENNIFER VOLOSIN: Yeah, in just 2 and 1/2 weeks as of late last night, I've booked 88 appointments.

MEG BAKER: Special education teacher, Jennifer Volosin, spends countless hours doing this, setting her alarm for odd hours when openings might pop up.

JENNIFER VOLOSIN: And I knew how important this vaccine is to so many different people. So I figured why not use my time wisely and put my tech skills to good use.

MEG BAKER: The group uses crowd-sourced information to direct people, all organized by county.

SANDY THOMPSON: If somebody is looking in a certain area, we could be like, hey, did you check this link, or that link, or we're pretty sure this site is going to go live for appointments at 5:00 PM.

CHRISTINE SHENKMAN: Maybe you're not up at 2 o'clock in the morning looking for a CVS appointment, or at midnight hoping that Rite Aid drops some information in.

MEG BAKER: You can join the group and set notifications for this info. The creators estimate they have helped more than 10,000 people find appointments. In New Jersey, Meg Baker, CBS 2 news.