Creator of free COVID-19 vaccine appointment website uses platform to raise awareness of anti-Asian hate

After creating a website that helps New Yorkers find COVID-19 vaccines, a software developer is using its new platform to take a stand against anti-Asian hatred. What is Turbo Vax: Last month, Huge mom spear Turbo Vax, a website that “finds appointments for 53 city and state-run vaccination sites in the New York area.” TurboVax makes it easier for New York residents to locate available vaccines and schedule vaccine appointments, according to ABC News.

  • After struggling to find a vaccine for his mother, which Ma said was a “pretty arduous process”, he decided to create TurboVax.

  • Ma’s website compiles information from city and state websites. It also announces available appointments by Twitter.

  • The New York Times praised Ma’s website for doing a better job of tracking appointments than official state systems.

Building Awareness: Rising cases against Asian Americans prompted Ma to suspend his website for two days to draw attention to the significant contributions of the Asian community to the country.

  • He went on to educate his followers on current issues facing the Asian American community.

  • He also asked his followers to donate to Welcome to Chinatowna grassroots initiative that supports businesses in Manhattan’s Chinatown and combats anti-Asian hatred.

  • Ma, who grew up in Queens, experienced anti-Asian prejudice first-hand, with people commenting on her “slant eyes”, “yellow skin” and “name ‘Ching Chong'”.

  • “If we as a country don’t listen to the concerns of Asian Americans, we also risk losing the contributions of Asian Americans,” Ma said. ABC News.

  • TurboVax has helped thousands of New Yorkers, and Ma recently revealed that around $105,000 has been raised for Chinatown so far.

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