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As vaccine signup frustration continues, more websites are being created to help

“We felt that signing up for a vaccine shouldn’t require taking hours away from work just to constantly refresh a page."

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe staff

As people continue to try to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine and face challenges, others are stepping up to create websites to help with the process.

It’s been a few weeks since Olivia Adams of Arlington created a website to help streamline the process of finding a vaccine appointment after hearing complaints and tales of frustration.

Now, others are creating their own.

Diana Rastegayeva, of Somerville, created MACovidVaxHelp.com, after her grandfather’s frustrating experience trying to get a vaccine in Florida, according to WHDH. So far, a group of dedicated volunteers have helped to book more than 750 appointments.

“I wanted to really try to reach people who couldn’t do this themselves, who didn’t have access to these resources, and the way to really do that was build a website,” Rastegayeva told the news station.

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Then there’s macovidvaccinefinder.org, which sends out email alerts with vaccine appointment information for free to people who sign up.

The site was created by three sisters in their living room after the experience of trying to get their mom an appointment, according to Lilla Gabrieli in an email to Boston.com. In a week, the site has grown from just two users to more than 500.

“We felt that signing up for a vaccine shouldn’t require taking hours away from work just to constantly refresh a page,” Gabrieli said. 

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