“I thought I’d take a look and I was surprised at how decentralized everything was and how there are a thousand different websites to go to,” Adams said. “I thought, ‘How can I put my software skills to use to make this better in my free time?'”
Free time usually happened when her newborn is sleeping, Adams said. She said her 2-year-old son is at day care, so she’s lucky not to be caring for both during the day.
The inspiration came after listening to her mother-in-law, who had a tough time signing up for an appointment. Her mother-in-law is a dental hygienist who qualified for the first phase of vaccinations, she said.
“She had a little trouble figuring out where to go and how to get signed up,” Adams said. “She was able to do it, but it took a little while and then she had the same problem when she was able to sign her father up when he became eligible at the beginning of our phase two.”
But, she’s never created a website quite like this.
“This was my first time making a complicated website myself,” she said. “The hardest part about it is that every website that has availability information I have to kind of tell my computer how to read that website like a human. That’s where all the man hours went in.”
The vaccine appointments are available at a number of sites, from those run by the state to those administered at grocery stores and pharmacies. Parsing all that information for each provider is where it got a bit time consuming, she said.
Adams has a script that runs every five minutes across about 20 different vaccine sites, she wrote in an email.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was asked about Adams’ vaccine website at a press conference on Friday. “Send us her name, we’ll talk to her,” Baker said Friday.
CNN reached out to the state for comment but has not heard back.
Adams said she never expected her website to take off in popularity like this. She sent the link around to friends and family and it spread from there.
“On Friday I would have told you, absolutely not,” she said. “There’s no way I have the time to do that, but now the support has just been overwhelming and there’s clearly such a need. I already have people from other states emailing me asking if this can be done where they’re at. I’d love to explore that and we’ll just see how it goes.”
Adams encourages others who may have an idea to help to just try it, she wrote via email.
“I encourage anyone who thinks they have a half-baked idea to go full force and they’ll be surprised how well it turns out,” she wrote. “I built it for everyone but I didn’t think everyone would use it.”