A new website has been developed that can help eligible Americans find a COVID vaccination site close to where they live.

The site, VaccineFinder.org, which was created in a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Castlight Health, was designed as a free, online service to allow people to search for COVID vaccination locations.

VaccineFinder.org uses zip code information to search for COVID vaccine administrators near a user that currently has doses of the shot in stock. The site is updated regularly as vaccine providers report their COVID vaccine inventory every 24 hours to the site to ensure up-to-date information about available doses of the shot.

The site said it works with partners such as clinics, pharmacies, and health departments to ensure that the information on VaccineFinder.org is accurate.

According to The Hill, VaccineFinder.org did not originate for COVID-19 as the website was first developed for use in 2009 for the H1N1 flu pandemic. Since that time, it has been used to provide information on flu and routine vaccinations until it was needed during the COVID pandemic, the news outlet said.

Users of the site can also book their vaccination appointment directly through VaccineFinder.org, as the website will redirect them to the right portal for scheduling vaccinations with a COVID vaccine provider. There is also information provided on local eligibility requirements.

“We’re trying to create a trusted site and bring some order to all this chaos and confusion around availability,” John Brownstein, a Boston Children’s Hospital researcher who runs the tool, told The New York Times.

Developers of VaccineFinder.org told the Times that they plan to expand the site beyond the 20,000 locations and several states that it currently covers in the coming weeks after going live this week.

To date, the CDC reported that over 47.1 million people have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. Over 22.6 million people have received two doses of the shot, the agency said. 

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