After creating a website that helps New Yorkers find COVID-19 vaccines, a software developer is using their new platform to take a stand against anti-Asian hatred. What is TurboVax: Last month, Huge mom spear TurboVax, a website that “finds appointments in 53 cities and state-run immunization sites in the New York area.” TurboVax makes it easier for New York residents to locate available vaccines and make 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 via Twitter.
The New York Times praised Ma’s website for being better at spotting appointments than official state systems.
Strengthen awareness: The increase in cases against Asian Americans prompted Ma to suspend her website for two days to draw attention to the important contributions of the Asian community in the country.
He then educated his supporters on the current issues facing the Asian American community.
He also asked his supporters to donate to Welcome to Chinatown, a grassroots initiative that supports businesses in Manhattan’s Chinatown and combats anti-Asian hatred.
Ma, who grew up in Queens, has experienced anti-Asian prejudice, with people commenting on her “slanted eyes”, “yellow skin” and “name ‘Ching Chong'”.
“If we as a country do not listen to the concerns of Asian Americans, we risk losing the contributions of Asian Americans as well,” 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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