Millennial Volunteers Help Seniors Sign Up For COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Hundreds of volunteers across Massachusetts are helping seniors schedule vaccine appointments.

A new website called “Massachusetts COVID Vaccination Help” was created by Diana Rastegayeva.

The 32-year-old mother of two was inspired to make this website after helping her grandfather and his friend’s book appointments.

“I really wanted to find a way to help those who didn’t have millennials like me willing to spend hours on the computer booking them appointments.”

Rastegayeva is currently home on maternity leave, and initially recruited local moms from Cambridge and Somerville to share her “tips and tricks” for navigating the state’s vaccine website.

Now, there are over 200 active volunteers with hundreds more waiting to be trained.

Since the launch of the website on Feb. 20, the volunteers have booked over 900 appointments.

She created a GoFundMe page to raise money to support her website. The goal was to reach $2,500—but she received more than double the intended amount.
Rastegayeva said whatever money is leftover, "will be donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank or similar organizations."

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Written by Edyn Jensen


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