Corona: 17-year-old builds a search engine for vaccination appointments

This is what it looks like: the search engine for vacant vaccination appointments called

S.Since the start of the vaccination campaign against the coronavirus in December 2020, the allocation of appointments has caused frustration and anger. After several months, the vaccination engine is still running anything but smooth in April 2021. The hotlines are still continuously manned and things don’t really work on the internet either. The result: In many federal states, those who want to be vaccinated have to plan a lot of time in order to get an appointment. It was the same with Julian Ambrozy, who was looking for a slot for his grandfather but couldn’t find it. However, the 17-year-old student from Ostfildern near Stuttgart did not want to accept this so easily and got to work: he developed the search engine in around 30 hours, thanks to which those wishing to vaccinate can find out about free slots in over 100 vaccination centers in just a few simple steps.

Vaccination appointment search engine: Well-known idea

The idea is not entirely new: A number of privately developed search portals have been online since the beginning of the year, but they are no longer in operation. The reason: The programming interfaces (also known as API) that enable automated appointment queries have been removed. According to those responsible, this was done to protect the portal from hackers. The inquiries of such services are indistinguishable from harmful calls of dubious programmers, said KV Digital, service provider of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians and operator of With. The portal is currently used to make appointments in Baden-Wrttemberg, Brandenburg, Hamburg, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saxony-Anhalt.

Over 10,000 forwarded people

At the same time, the service provider of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians also admits that such an overview is probably not politically desirable. “After consulting with the federal states, we deliberately decided against an overview of the open dates in order to avoid vaccination tourism between the federal states. We therefore do not provide such an overview,” a spokeswoman said Baden’s latest news. Julian Ambrozy nevertheless found a way to get the information and, like the 17-year-old opposite, helped Business Insider has now revealed over 10,000 people to a free vaccination appointment.

Server & Co .: Donations for operating costs

Since Ambrozy wants to offer the service free of charge and free of advertising, he is dependent on donations to cover the operating costs for servers & Co. This is well received by those willing to vaccinate, so that they actively supported the 17-year-old student: like Ambrozy on April 13, 2021 on the donation portal Buymeacoffee announced, the server costs are now covered for the next two months. The future of the search engine for vaccination appointments is thus assured.

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