After nearly 3 months of looking for a COVID-19 vaccine, this couple finally got shots thanks to an online tool anyone can use

Kenneth Hartenstine invested 3 months trying to find a COVID-19 vaccine for him and his other half. Now, they lastly have them.

65-year-old Kenneth Hartenstine explained it as a ‘vicious circle’ when he initially talked to FOX43 back in January about the difficulty he was experiencing getting him and his other half a COVID-19 vaccine.  By February he stated he had actually lost count of the number of locations he had actually attempted.

Almost 3 months later on, success. On Friday he and his other half sat inside the Mt. Happiness Weis Markets to lastly roll up their sleeves.

The Hartenstine’s had the ability to land a shot thanks to a facebook group called the PA COVID Vaccine matchmaker, which FOX43 initially reported on last Sunday. The facebook group, established by Dr. Christine Meyer, supplies particular guidance to individuals on how to get a vaccine by themselves and it likewise uses to do the work for vaccine applicants with almost 400 volunteer ‘finders’ browsing 24/7 to assist individuals get a shot. Thousands have actually currently registered to utilize the group and the time duration in which they have the ability to discover consultations differs depending upon vaccine schedule.

Hartenstine calls his ‘finder,’ called Janet, an ‘angel.’

“It wasn’t a week (from when he signed up) and I got the notification that we had appointments,” stated Kenneth who stated he was astonished and shocked at how quick the matchmakers had the ability to get him and his other half a shot. 

“I don’t know what she did but God bless her for doing it…. if it wasn’t for FOX43 and your guys reporting of it I would have never known about the matchmakers so thank you too,” he stated. 

Kenneth explained the minute of getting a shot of Moderna as ‘bittersweet.’ 

“I’m excited. I’m ecstatic that I finally got my wife a vaccine and myself. However, I realize that there are tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians that still haven’t gotten their vaccine,” he stated.


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The PA COVID Vaccine matchmaker website is assisting individuals discover consultations and helping those who require aid with ideas to get a visit.

Vaccine applicants are asked to submit a kind that will enter into a database utilized by the ‘finders’ to find vaccine consultations. 

Due to frustrating need for aid, finders are presently focusing on individuals 75 and approximately help them with finding a vaccine. 

As soon as finders link an individual to a vaccine and/or an individual has the ability to discover a vaccine by themselves, applicants are asked to ‘pull out’ of the database. 

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.