We saw many people struggling to get vaccine appointments, and even struggled with it ourselves. So we decided to make something to assist those in need of vaccines.
What it does
Scrapes the CVS Vaccine site for available appointments and texts all subscribers when appointments are available in the towns they chose within minutes of the opening.
How we built it
The front-end is done in react/node, the back-end is python with a MongoDB database hosted on heroku, and we use the twilio API to send texts to end users.
Challenges we ran into
We ran into a lot of issues when we tried to deploy the front-end and back-end sections of our project from the server. This was because of the various different dependencies that had to be installed to run the project on a server.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
We are proud that we a functional version of this project working in time, and that this project could be used to help people get appointments quickly.
What we learned
None of us had used MongoDB or twilio API before but this new experience taught us a lot in how to use these API's.
What's next for RU Vaxxed
1) Mobile support for the website 2) Use Google Maps API to allow a user to enter their zip code and automatically subscribe to every vaccine provider in a radius of their choosing. 3) Add support for states other than New Jersey. 4) Find appointment information from other vendors, such as Rutgers University, Rite-Aid, RWJ Barnabus, etc.