COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. (KRDO) - Colorado resident Doug Ward is the creator of Vaccinehunter.org, a website that allows people to find excess COVID-19 Vaccines. The website currently has 48 Facebook groups and over 130,000 users, all looking for an easier way to find a COVID-19 vaccine.
Ward says he started the website in hopes of finding one for his own 62-year-old mother.
"I am online looking for a vaccine for my mother who is over 60 and has pre-existing conditions and after searching around, I stumbled upon a group called New Orleans vaccine hunter and that inspired me to do the same thing here," said Ward.
Ward put together the tool to help many others after hearing about vaccine struggles from coworkers, but he has used his own website to his advantage.
"I found a vaccine for my mother, hopefully, she is able to get it this weekend and I am excited to help more people as well," Ward said.
Vaccinehunter.org is a website that hopes to connect and crowdsource information about vaccine distribution sites that have expiring doses, yet the ultimate goal is to get those who need it their first dose and minimize vaccination waste.
"I have a passion to help people and make the best out of a bad situation and I think this vaccine rollout has had some hiccups and this is a bandaid solution to make sure people get vaccinated," said Ward.
The turn-around could be fast for some, while it may take longer for others. The best way to go about it is to stay connected to the Facebook page in your area. Many have expressed their gratitude for finding vaccine appointments through the Colorado Vaccine Hunters Facebook page to find an appointment.
"I would like to say we are helping hundreds and thousands of people find vaccines," added Ward.
Vaccine providers can also update the website with how many doses they have left from no-shows, before throwing the vaccine away.
Typically, depending on the manufacturer the doses must be used within 5 to 24 hours.
The website Vaccinehunter.org was created just two weeks ago. In that short time -- it has attracted over 130,000 people across the U.S.