How a 12-year-old helped 1,000 people get vaccinated
A fifth grader’s free time these days is probably used for homework or watching movies, right? Well, that’s not always the case. A seventh-grade student in New York City uses his free time to help elderly neighbors book their COVID-19 vaccine appointments.
Technology-savvy 12-year-old Sam Keusch has helped more than 1,650 people get their vaccine appointments using his Bar Mitzvah project: “The Vaccine Helper” According to People. Sam said he originally got the idea for his website after seeing his dad helping his grandparents book their appointments online. He saw the frustration on their faces as he did so and knew he could use his skills to help. People report that with the help of his father, Sam started creating VaccineHelper.com. This site allows eligible people who have difficulty making an appointment a chance to get vaccinated. All that is needed is to give Sam the same information that is needed on the vaccine websites and he will make the appointment for them.
Sam says, “Dating websites periodically flash with new appointments and they often last several seconds before they are claimed. If you’re quick enough and persevering enough, you can get the date. Sam tries to make 3 to 4 appointments a day, but as a 12 year old still in school, her schedule is very busy.
According to PeopleSam’s home computer has homework on one side of the screen and appointment schedules on the other. What keeps Sam going on, you might ask? The possibility of reuniting families. He said, “People have told me that they can finally see their grandchildren for the first time. And it’s amazing because not being able to see your grandchildren is difficult.”