With doses in short supply, thousands of frustrated COVID-19 vaccine seekers are turning to social media for help and getting it

CHICAGO – In search of a COVID-19 vaccine for her dad, Amber Dow was hitting one dead end after another. Retail pharmacy websites declared “appointments unavailable.” Slots at local medical centers kept disappearing before she could type in any information. Then she received a private Facebook message from a stranger: Go to the Jewel-Osco website right now. Enter your ZIP code. It’s in Palatine. She immediately followed the instructions and snagged one of the grocery store’s last few open spots that day. Her father, 80-year-old Duane Dow, got his first shot on Wednesday. The tip came from the …

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