GIS Alum, Elliot Hazzard, is featured in Maryland Today for his work on helping people in the community get access to the COVID-19 vaccine appointment. An excerpt from the article is below:
It can take a village these days to track down a scarce COVID-19 vaccination appointment, with friends and family sometimes juggling hours of phone calls and banks of laptops logged into pharmacy, local health department, grocery store and hospital websites to get a vulnerable loved one the needed pair of shots.
Now two Terps are stepping into the gap to simplify the process by creating social media tools based on everything from big data analysis to online bulletin boards.
After reading a CNN article about a group in New Orleans that connects people with agencies that have to get rid of expiring vaccine doses, Elliot Hazzard ’17 started the Facebook group Maryland Vaccine Hunters last month to link tech-savvy volunteers with residents looking for vaccines.