How to Be Alerted of COVID-19 Vaccine Availability in Your Local Pharmacy?
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How to Be Alerted of COVID-19 Vaccine Availability in Your Local Pharmacy?

With multiple COVID-19 vaccines approved by the F.D.A., the U.S. has officially launched the largest vaccination effort in history.

Vaccine availability will occur in waves across the country. Use Visualping, the world’s top website monitoring tool, to check your pharmacy and dugstore web pages for you, and be alerted when vaccination openings become available.

Throughout the U.S., millions are preparing for COVID-19 vaccination. The vaccine is being distributed based on each state’s adult population, and with a strict priority protocol.

State governors ultimately had the final say on who is to be vaccinated first. The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended those living and working in nursing homes and similar facilities to be the first to be vaccinated, as well as health care workers especially at risk of exposure. Essential workers in critical industries, those living with medical conditions that put them in high risk of severe infection, and seniors over 65 years of age would be next. The general population would follow suit.

If everything goes smoothly, experts seem optimistic most Americans will be vaccinated by June.

But, until then, it is critical you stay informed of when you and your loved ones can sign up for vaccination. With website monitoring tools, you can track your pharmacy and/or drugstore web pages for vaccination openings, and be alerted when the vaccine becomes available.

And you can easily do so with Visualping.

Use Visualping to Receive Alerts when the Vaccine is Available in Your Pharmacy

Instead of bookmarking pharmacy and drugstore pages and continuously rechecking them, use website change detection tools, like Visualping, to monitor changes to these pages for you.

Visualping detects as soon as web page changes occur by automating the process of checking the pages for changes. When a difference is detected, Visualping automatically sends you an email alert, notifying you of a vaccine appointment opening.

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The email displays an easy-to-read screenshot that features all the page changes, highlighted for your perusal. Changes that were added to the page are highlighted in green. Changes that were removed are highlighted in red.

From the screenshot, you can click the Access Site link at the bottom of the email to promptly navigate to the web page you’re monitoring. From there, you and your loved ones can immediately sign up for COVID-19 vaccination.

And setting it up is easy.

How to Be Alerted When the COVID-19 Vaccine is Available

With 1.5 million users, Visualping actually equips people for a variety of everyday monitoring needs, like tracking websites for price changes, restocked products, job openings, software updates and university course and grade updates.

Here are the steps to receive alerts when the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available to you and your loved ones.

  • Step 1: Copy the URL of the COVID-19 vaccination page you wish to monitor. Head over to Visualping’s home page, and paste it into the search field. Don’t worry about signing up first - this happens afterwards. Click Go.

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  • Step 2: Type the name for your new monitor (Like, “COVID-19 Vaccine Availability at Shoprite”)

  • Step 3: In the Advanced section, select the Visual-compare feature (this is the best option for monitoring visual elements, as it allows you to monitor the page’s pixels).

  • Step 4: Select the frequency of checks – every 5 minutes, hour, day, week, etc.

  • Step 5: Enter the email address you wish to have email alerts sent to.

  • Step 6: After clicking the link sent to your email to verify the address, you will be prompted to make a password for your account. This is so that you can visit your user dashboard, where you can view all your monitors, at your convenience.

How to Track a Page Behind a Login Form (For Monitoring Pharmacy Pages)

As your pharmacy requires you to first login to a personal portal to check your COVID-19 vaccination elligibility, when setting up your monitor, you will also need to also instruct the crawler to login to your pharmacy account.

This sounds complicated but, don’t worry, it’s easy.

Here’s the rundown.

To monitor a password-protected page, use our element selector (the white arrow) in the Advanced section to instruct the crawler to type your login information into the username/email and password forms. Then you use the element selector again to instruct the crawler to click the Enter button (or Submit, Login, etc), so that the crawler will login to your pharmacy account before it checks for changes.

For a detailed description of the quick step-by-step process, check out our post How to Monitor Password-Protected Websites Using Visualping.

  • Step 1: Copy and paste the URL of the login-protected page you wish to monitor into Visualping’s search bar. Click GO.

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  • Step 2: Click the downwards arrow beside Perform actions. Under Click, click the element selector (white arrow), and then click the web page’s username box in the viewport (where you would normally type your username or email information to login to the page).

  • Step 3: Next, under Click, select Type in the dropdown options. Type your username or email - whichever you normally use to access your pharmacy page - in the field that reads “Words to Type”. Click Go.

  • Step 4: Next, click + Add action to add another action for the crawler when it goes to check the page. Under Click, use the element selector to click the web page element of the password box above in the viewport (where you would normally type your password in the login page).

  • Step 5: Then, under Click, select Type in the dropdown options. Type your password in the field that reads “Words to type”. Click Go.

  • Step 6: Lastly, instruct the crawler to click Enter (Or Submit, Login In, etc, whatever the element reads on your login page). Click Go.

  • Step 7: Once you see the resulting pharmacy page in the screenshot area, finish setting up your track as you normally would - customizing the frequency of checks, monitoring type and entering your email under Send notifications to.

After confirming your email, Visualping will prompt you to make a password so you can return to your dashboard at your convenience.

You are now equipped to monitor your pharmacy pages for the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine in your area. Visualping will send email alerts to your inbox when changes to your pharmacy page occur.

Happy vaccine monitoring. :-)

Emily Fenton

Emily is an SEO enthusiast and the Marketing Manager at Visualping. She has a degree in English Literature and will have her Master of Management degree complete in Winter 2021.

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