Florida’s Covid Vaccine Disaster Continues

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I am (still) waiting… ting to get a COVID vaccine appointment via the Publix website, a grocery store that is prevalent in the shit state known as Florida.

The county I live in started with a lot of appointment slots available at 7am on Friday (2/5).

By 8:30am or so, it was fully booked.

I have spent many horas this week waiting to book a Florida COVID shot appt, wasted hours, all for nothing.  When the Publix site did not work last time (this past Wednesday), I figured maybe one of my installed Chrome extensions was preventing the Book button from appearing.

So I loaded the Publix vaccine page at 00:01 today, using Edge (to which I have not added extensions), figuring that an early same day start would help put me ahead the line.

At 7am, when booking was supposed to start, nothing actually happened in terms of activation by the automatic page refresh.  There was still no login button visible.  I thought maybe it was that Edge was not supported.

So I quickly disabled most of my adblock and iframe block Chrome extensions (except for the BitDefender anti tracker), and logged in using Chrome around 7:01 — coming in late (by 1 minute), using Chrome.  The delay proved to be fatal — in a manner of speaking.

While I was waiting (ting) in line, I tried to log in again with Edge, just to test my clown browser universe theory.  This time it worked; thus my theory that Edge isn’t supported was wrong.  However, I dont know why exactly Publix did not like it when I logged in early. *

Next week, it appears that — despite the “exclusive” contract Florida governor DeSantis gave to Publix re the vaccines — Biden is sending boatloads of shots to Win-Dixie and Walmart pharmacies.

Maybe I will be able to get in that way.

Meanwhile, if you read the Publix web page (see above), there is no clear mention (other than a link to some TOS page) of HIPPA data privacy or security.  This appt process requires one to submit a lot of sensitive information.

How long before whatever server is holding this data is hacked? Or Publix monetizing this treasure trove of data with third parties, such as D&T? I’m just saying, think about it.

Also there is no mention of browser support, or the need to disable extensions. You have to noodge around the Palm Beach Post for this info.

Meanwhile, the hospital system I have belonged to for a decade stopped scheduling vaccines in late December — but not before my wife’s smug little richie rich friend (who in no way deals with the public as she actually does not need to work) got hers, thanks to hubbie who sits on the hospital board due to some mega philanthropic donation he made.

Nice to see how the other side lives, isn’t it?

Imagine if the orange turdball grifter had been re-elected how much worse off we’d all be.

Patience.

Help is on the way, provided by a Democratic administration — trolled as always by fuckface so-called “Dems” such as the self important asshole known as Joe Manchin — that actually knows what it is doing.

* For those who are interested, here is the Vue JS code that executes the Waiting Room algorithm.  Publix uses something called Boomerang from Akamai — founded by the first person killed during the 9-11 attacks — to set up time-based prioritization. The  scheme they are using appears to be cookie driven, where they assign a global login stack based on timestamps. As to what these scripts are actually doing, in a precise sense, fuck if I know. Use the portal at your own risk, and know that once your personal data is compromised, you are screwed.

 

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