How to find COVID vaccine appointments in all 50 states
This week, 12 more states are expanding COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all adults. That means all adults are now vaccine-eligible in over half of the 50 U.S. states. That’s great news for many, and it reflects strong progress in the U.S. vaccination effort.
But officials and experts have warned to expect serious competition for appointments, especially in the early weeks of expanded eligibility. So if you haven’t yet navigated the lab-rat maze of portals to secure an appointment, it’s time to jump in before someone else gets your cheese (that is, vaccine).
Here’s what you need to know, starting with a broad overview of how the system works. A list of key vaccine signup resources in each state and D.C. follows.
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The basics of U.S. vaccine signups
The most important thing to know about the U.S. COVID-19 vaccine signup system is that it doesn’t exist: There is no overarching national signup system. Instead, the Trump administration left it to individual states to figure out, so as you’ll see, some states have far more and better systems and tools than others. Many states provide only vaccine locators—maps or guides to vaccination locations such as hospitals. These generally don’t offer direct booking, so you’ll have to contact sites directly to book an appointment.
Only a handful of states and regions have built the pre-registration systems considered the ideal solution by many experts. These systems allow you to submit your information so you’ll be contacted when you are eligible or an appointment is available.
Meanwhile, there is a largely separate ecosystem of vaccinations offered through pharmacies, including chains and independent outlets. Fortune has put together this detailed guide to looking for pharmacy appointments.
Finally, to address the fragmentation of signups, nonprofits and other groups have built a variety of tools and resources for collating and distributing appointment information from various sources. These include Twitter bots with live appointment information. Where appropriate, we’ve included links to these local resources below.
But according to experts, the best resource may be local “Vaccine hunter” groups on Facebook, where residents of particular counties, cities, or small states share tips. There are perhaps thousands of these groups, so we’re only including some of the largest in our guide. To find the right one for you, use Facebook’s search feature and input something like “[your county] vaccine appointment group,” or check Vaccinehunter.org, a guide to these groups.
Before you sign up
Be ready to take any appointment you can access. That may mean booking one at an inconvenient time or a long distance away. There is incredible demand for appointments, and while things likely will get continually easier, you’re doing everyone a favor by taking the first slot you can make work, even if it’s less convenient than you might like.
Getting vaccinated is a selfless act. Vaccinations slow or stop the spread of COVID-19, and getting vaccinated doesn’t just protect you—it protects everyone around you. So as long as you’re not misrepresenting a health condition or otherwise cutting in line, grab that appointment and don’t hesitate.
The coronavirus vaccine is FREE to all U.S. residents. You should not be charged for the vaccine itself, or any administration fees.
Have your information handy. That includes a state I.D. and evidence of any medical condition impacting your eligibility (though enforcement of that documentation has been spotty). And while medical insurance isn’t required to get the vaccine without charge, you should have your account information ready if you do have insurance, both at signup and when you go to get vaccinated.
A handful of services will help you find vaccines across the country.
Tip: Most vaccine-search sites do not actually allow you to book appointments. One way to speed up your booking process is to open a pharmacy booking site, such as Walgreens’, alongside a search site, so you can book appointments as soon as you locate them.
Dr. B standby list: Because COVID vaccines have a limited shelf-life, leftover vaccines from missed appointments must sometimes be used on short notice before they go bad. This site helps connect you with unclaimed doses across the country.
Vaccinehunter.org: This is a spectacular catalog of state and regional Facebook groups that help members navigate the complexity of the appointment-search process. Vaccine-finding experts consistently recommend these groups as essential resources for finding a vaccine.
Vaccine signup resources by state
This alphabetical list includes government signup portals and waiting list pages, as well as unofficial regional vaccine-finding tools, from the most elaborate trackers to simple Twitter accounts. We will continue to update this list with new resources as we learn of them.
Tip: To quickly find your state on this list, type Control-F on a PC, or Command-F on a Mac, and search your state’s name.
Alabama Public Health vaccination portal
Pharmacy search dashboard
Alabama state vaccination sites guide (including walk-ins)
Alabama National Guard mobile sites guide (walk-ins)
Alaska Divsion of Public Health vaccination portal
Alaska vaccine appointment tracker (various cities)
Arizona Department of Health Services
Phoenix-area vaccine finder (Maricopa county)
Arkansas Department of Health vaccine locator
My Turn state vaccine scheduling portal
California Vaccine Bot appointment tracker
Los Angeles Find My Vax L.A. Bot
San Francisco Bay Area Vaccine Notification (Telegram channel)
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment vaccine guide (includes walk-in locations)
Colorado Vax Alerts Twitter appointment bot
Colorado Vaccine Spotter (pharmacy appointments)
Connecticut state vaccine search tool
Delaware state vaccine site (includes waitlist)
District of Columbia (D.C.)
Florida state vaccine finder
Florida Covid Vaccine Hunters Facebook group
South Florida COVID-19 Vaccination Info Facebook group
Georgia state vaccination site list
Hawaii state vaccine locator
Illinois vaccine locator
Chicago Vaccine Hunters Facebook group
Indiana vaccine signup portal
Indiana vaccination site guide
Vaccinate Iowa state vaccine locator
Iowa Vaccine Alerts Twitter notification bot
Vaccine Hunter search portal (includes states near Iowa)
Kansas health authorities are referring shot-seekers to Vaccinefinder.org.
Kentucky state vaccine locator
Louisiana state vaccination site guide
New Orleans NOLA Ready vaccine guide
NOLA Vaccine Hunters Facebook group
Maine vaccine guide (includes major hospitals)
GoVAX: Pre-registration for Maryland mass-vaccination sites
Maryland Vaccine Hunters Facebook group
Las Caza Vacunas vaccine assistance Facebook group
Massachusetts Department of Public Health vaccine site guide
Massachusetts vaccine appointment finder (includes pre-registration link)
Massachusetts COVID Vaccination Help (for those facing challenges booking appointments)
Vaccinetime Massachusetts vaccine appointments Twitter bot
Michigan vaccine locator
Minnesota vaccine locator
Mississippi State Department of Health vaccine provider map
Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services vaccination site finder
Kansas City KC Vaccine Watch Twitter account
Multi-State Partnership for Prevention vaccine locator
Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services vaccine locator
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services vaccine pre-registration portal
Midwest Vaccine Hunters Facebook group
Immunize Nevada pharmacy vaccine locator
Immunize Nevada county-by-county vaccine guide
Nevada vaccine notification signup
Las Vegas Vaccine Hunters Facebook group
New Hampshire state registration site
New Jersey vaccine pre-registration portal
Vaccine Bot NJ Twitter appointment alerts
New Jersey COVID Vaccine Info Facebook group
New Mexico Department of Health vaccine registration site
Am I Eligible state vaccine booking portal
Alliance for Better Health capital-region vaccine pre-registration list
MySpot.NC.Gov North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services vaccine finder
North Carolina COVID-19 vaccination registration portal (health care provider pre-registration required)
NC/SC Vaccine Hunters Facebook group
North Dakota state vaccine locator
Get the Shot appointment portal
Ohio Vaccine Hunters Facebook group
Oklahoma State Department of Health scheduling portal
Get Vaccinated Oregon vaccine locator
Oregon Vaccine Hunters Facebook group
Pennsylvania Department of Health vaccination guide
PA CoVID Vaccine Match Maker Facebook group
Rhode Island Department of Health vaccine information page
Department of Health vaccine availability notification signup
State-run vaccination booking portal
The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control vaccine locator
NC/SC Vaccine Hunters Facebook group
South Dakota Department of Health vaccine information page
List of vaccine providers by county
Tennessee Department of Health vaccination appointment portal
Tennessee state vaccine locator
Tennessee Vaccine Hunters Facebook group
Division of Emergency Management and Department of State Health Services vaccine locator
State vaccination sites guide
Austin City of Austin vaccine pre-registration
Dallas-Fort Worth DFW Covid Vaccine Finder Facebook group
Houston-area vaccine registration portal (Harris County)
Utah vaccine distribution site (includes local health department information)
Vermont Department of Health vaccine signup portal
Virginia Department of Health vaccine pre-registration portal
Washington Department of Health vaccine locator
State vaccination site guide
Find a COVID Shot WA vaccine-hunting Facebook group.
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources vaccine pre-registration and information portal
Wisconsin Department of Health Services state vaccine signup portal
Wisconsin Vaccine Hunters and Angels Facebook group
Wyoming county vaccination directory