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New Re: they must be among the most poorly designed Web sites in existence,...
You should have seen what I went through in making an appointment a the local MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina) hospital. It took me hours to make appointments for my wife and myself! They were overloaded with other people doing the same.

The CVS appointments only took minutes.

But, it's great that you're safe now or will be in two weeks!
Alex

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that "my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

-- Isaac Asimov
New Yes, the CVS site was the best of them, by far.
Finding out who had what and where was not fun. I had gone through the appointment process with Walgreen's. The software said it was done, but left no evidence and no confirming emails came in. I tried everything to find out if the appointment was valid, and couldn't. They just wanted to sell me drugs and grooming products.

I had no choice but to show up, and, nope, no appointment, and a full schedule. The biggest problem was, after finding a site that I wanted, I'd hit the "make appointment" button for it, and be sent directly to their national site, and I'd have to start all over, except the location I wanted wouldn't come up.

not very fun.
New Not sure if the problem was the coding or the timing
Similar story on the CVS site. The first step allowed me to search for local locations that had appointments. I know where the local stores are, so I know I was looking at an already-filtered list.

Click one of them, fill out two screens of info about myself, and it tells me that location had no appointments available.

It's entirely possible there *were* appointments when I started and they filled up before I finished.
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Drew
New It's always the coding.
Regards,
-scott
Welcome to Rivendell, Mr. Anderson.
New Probably, but ...
On a webcommerce site you might build in a soft-hold feature, so if the product is there when you start the process it reserves it for some period. For ticketing sites this is absolutely a thing.

For the vaccines, though, at the program level they care that someone is getting the shot. I wouldn't have them put the effort into a product-hold feature when the goal is to get needles in arms as fast as possible.
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Drew
New Even just turning the sequence would have been less grating
i.e. collect the personal data first, then hunt for slots. But for some reason, every site did it the other way round. And then there's **** like Kinney's which forces one to start from scratch every time the first selected slot was gone by the time the rest of the data was entered.

(In the end, we went with the State, even though it was a longer drive. Best decision ever. Turned out they set up camp in an abandoned JC Penney's. Acres of parking and plenty of space inside. And by the time it was my turn, they had cut the data collection to the minimum and reversed the order. Yay! Done in less than a minute.)
     COVID19 jab #1 of 2 done - (pwhysall) - (26)
         All right, Peter! - (a6l6e6x) - (6)
             Re: All right, Peter! - (hnick) - (5)
                 I was just reading about that this morning - (malraux)
                 Re: 2nd Moderna shot. - (a6l6e6x) - (2)
                     got my 2nd Moderna shot yesterday - (lincoln) - (1)
                         That’s great! -NT - (a6l6e6x)
                 Thanks for the feedback! -NT - (hnick)
         Youngest get just had his 2nd Pfizer - (malraux)
         Any urge yet to climb trees? -NT - (scoenye) - (1)
             Re: Any urge yet to climb trees? - (pwhysall)
         Pfizer #2 today, no issues so far after 11+ hours... -NT - (Another Scott) - (6)
             Mine took 24 hrs before things started acting up - (scoenye)
             Got my second Moderna thursday - (hnick)
             Mine gave me narcolepsy the next day. -NT - (InThane) - (3)
                 I don't need injections to take naps. :) -NT - (a6l6e6x) - (2)
                     I'm still down. My wife isn't much better. -NT - (hnick)
                     I'm still down. My wife isn't much better. -NT - (hnick)
         Got the J&J Today. - (Andrew Grygus) - (8)
             Re: they must be among the most poorly designed Web sites in existence,... - (a6l6e6x) - (5)
                 Yes, the CVS site was the best of them, by far. - (Andrew Grygus) - (4)
                     Not sure if the problem was the coding or the timing - (drook) - (3)
                         It's always the coding. -NT - (malraux) - (2)
                             Probably, but ... - (drook) - (1)
                                 Even just turning the sequence would have been less grating - (scoenye)
             No side effects whatever. - (Andrew Grygus) - (1)
                 Excellent! -NT - (a6l6e6x)

So I pulled into a Shell station. They said I'd blown a seal. I said, "Fix the damn thing and leave my private life out of it, OK, pal??"
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