By KATIE KINDELAN

When Russ Schwartz and Katherine Quirk saw that COVID-19 vaccine appointments were going to be distributed online, they immediately thought of their own parents and the senior citizen residents of the South Florida town they call home.

“Knowing that seniors were the first group it was going to roll out to, we started to think about the challenges that they might face trying to navigate how all of the information would come through,” said Quirk, a pediatric hematology and oncology nurse who is engaged to Schwartz. “We knew that maybe they used Facebook but maybe they don’t use Twitter or maybe they’re not ready to open multiple browsers to try and get an appointment, or hit redial on the phone over and over again until they get through.”

Quirk and Schwartz, an elementary school principal, had the idea to start a Facebook group to share information about how to sign up for COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

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