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Find faster vaccine appointments in Québec ⏩

Introducing Vaccélérateur: a bot that finds last-minute appointments across Québec — so you can get your vaccine in days, not weeks ♥️

May 3, 2021

The light at the end of the tunnel is closer than you think! The current wait time for vaccine appointments in Québec can be as much as a few weeks — with the official government site showing many sites with no available appointments.

But it’s possible to get a shot today or tomorrow — if you can find a last-minute opening.

Good news! You no longer have to hit “refresh” 5,000 times to find one of those coveted doses: as a weekend coding project, we found a way to monitor ALL the last-minute vaccine appointments (including last-minute cancellations❗️) across Québec.

Now we’re sharing this information with you so no vaccines go to waste. And so you can get your vaccine faster! 🥳👯‍♀️🎺

Simply go to Vaccélérateur on Twitter to find a last-minute appointment for you, or someone you know, by following the bot for your region.

Be sure to turn on Twitter notifications 🔔 so you can book right away.

Our Twitter bot will also tweet when new groups are eligible for vaccines (if you want to get reminded when your age group can book appointments, just follow Vaccélérateur or check the official site).

Now, instead of pointlessly refreshing vaccine calendars for random clinics — hoping for a lucky, earlier dose to appear â€” you can easily find appointments as soon as they become available. As more doses come online, we’ll be updating the Vaccélérateur bot to make sure it’s as useful as possible.

Need directions to your appointment?

How convenient! For our day job, we run Transit: an app for public transportation, built in Montréal. Now every time you open our app anywhere in the province of Québec, you can get quick directions to vaccine clinics that have appointments available in the next 7 days — thanks to data from our friends at Vaxstat, a volunteer project that makes it easier to get vaccinated.

We also show vaccination clinics in the app in AlbertaLos Angeles, Baltimore, and several other places — wherever vaccination locations are published in an open data format.

Open the app anywhere in Québec and BAM, you’ll find places to get vaccinated.

Good luck getting your doses! We can’t wait to see all your happy smiles.

It’s been a while. 😷👉💉🤩

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