The MIT newsletter thingie explains the cluster-eff vaccine roll out:
The grand plan: The CDC ordered a brand-new, $44 million website called VAMS—the Vaccine Administration Management System, built by the consulting firm Deloitte. You probably haven’t heard of it, but it was supposed to be a one-stop-shop to manage the vaccine rollout across the US.
What actually happened: Instead, VAMS has hurt immunization efforts in various states. It is notorious for randomly canceled appointments, unreliable registration, and problems that lock staff out of the dashboard they’re supposed to use to log records. Many states have abandoned it and are choosing to hack together their own solutions, or pay for private systems instead.
What went wrong: As a huge federal contractor, Deloitte got a $16 million no-bid contract to build the system back in May and snagged another $28 million in December. The contracts claim the company was the only “responsible source” to build the tool. To some watchdogs, VAMS is the latest example of a broken system for building government technology. Read the full story.
Another item in their newsletter paints a similar picture:
People are fed up with broken vaccine appointment tools — so they’re building their own
The situation: Across the US, people are clamoring to get the hottest ticket of the season: an appointment for a covid-19 vaccination. The recommended method is to visit a local hospital website or call a hotline. But the results can be frustrating. Now, desperate people are taking matters into their own hands.
One story: Carri Carver spent hours trying to find her father an appointment, once he had qualified for a vaccine under Texas rules. Using her skills as a digital product designer, she built Covid19 Vaccine TX, a site that lets people upload information about vaccination sites. Carver built it, loaded the project on the cloud-based spreadsheet service Airtable, and posted a link on Reddit. It has received over 50,000 visitors.
One of many: Carver’s site is just one of many solutions created to help people book vaccine appointments—a volunteer effort to fill in the gaps in America’s creaking system. That everyday people are having to do what should be the government’s job is not lost on these volunteers. But most don’t see any use in complaining. Read the full story.
Prznint Stupid screwed the
pornstar, er, pooch from the beginning and we’re still being eff’ed today. It’s a miracle anyone is getting vaccinated. Put this at his feet; President Handsome Joe Biden has nothing to do with this, but inevitably our failed political press will echo the GOP talking points and blame him.