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Boston Children's Hospital

Scaling for a pandemic

Vaccines.gov is the source of truth for where the COVID-19 vaccine supply is available in communities across the US — built by Boston Children’s Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in partnership with Mapbox.

“For the COVID-19 pandemic, we had to respond to the incredible challenge of meeting the widespread need for reliable and timely information on vaccines across the US, knowing we were facing a massive amount of usage and high expectations. With Mapbox, we were able to get the site rebuilt and launched within 4 weeks and the map has already been viewed over 100 million times -- and that number is increasing rapidly as vaccines are available to broader age groups.”

- John Brownstein, Chief Innovation Officer, Boston Children’s Hospital

Boston Children’s Hospital needed to transform the way people could access localized information in a massively scalable and secure way for the global pandemic. Vaccines.gov uses Mapbox search and maps to help millions of people across the country find vaccine providers and supplies within a specified radius of their zip code. The tool provides near real-time information about availability, so visitors can find and book a vaccine quickly without spending time searching around at individual providers' sites. With over 100 million views so far, Vaccines.gov has helped accelerate vaccinations and finally bring the COVID-19 crisis to an end.

With help from the Mapbox social impact program and solutions architects, BCH was able to launch in just 4 weeks. Mapbox services are already built to scale to address national audiences and global demand, which meant the team at Boston Children’s Hospital was able to focus instead on curating the most accurate vaccine inventory data that powers Vaccines.gov.

Vaccines.gov Search Results
Vaccines.gov Provider Information