Facebook group ‘Vaccine Angels’ connects Wisconsinites looking for vaccine

The group has over 6,000 members and counting sharing resources to get the shot.
Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 5:21 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - When Megan Jones joined the Facebook group ‘Wisconsin Area Vaccine Hunters and Angels’, she didn’t think it’d lead to scheduling an appointment in Madison two days later.

“I did not think that was going to happen so fast,” said Jones. “I probably would have waited until May if I didn’t have this group.”

Jones says she will become eligible on March 22 as someone with a preexisting medical condition. Through the online community, Jones was able to find a phone number to call and schedule her appointment for April 7 at SSM Health.

“It just helps to connect people and give people resources that they may not have had otherwise,” said Jones.

She shared her own success in the group and was able to help answer questions for others about her experience.

“It’s just a really cool butterfly effect of helping on person and three more people saw my post,” said Jones.

Bob Orech, who lives in the Milwaukee area, created this group less than a month ago. He says he had heard of a similar group in the Chicago area when he was trying to track down a vaccine for his parents.

“The best part of all of this is just the fact that we’re using social media in a positive way,” said Orech.

Teri Dary, who lives in Fort Atkinson, says she found the group trying to get a vaccine for her son who is a teacher.

“I was feeling incredibly frustrated,” said Dary. “The experience of being part of this group helped me personally get past this frustration.”

Dary says she started working with Orech as a moderator in the group. She has helped compile a communal spreadsheet complete with information about pharmacies and health department resources.

“Recognizing the need to make sure the information is as accurate as we can and knowing that the information is constantly changing,” said Dary. “It’s the commitment to the common good and understanding that every person that gets the shot helps every single one of us.”

Orech says the primary goal is to help people who are eligible, not those line cutting or skipping ahead. He adds that the group has helped people get on pharmacy waiting lists for when there are leftover or soon-to-expire doses.

“It’s critical that we advocate for each other and support one another,” he said.

The group is not affiliated with Wisconsin DHS or any public health department.

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