Is It OK to Hunt for a Surplus Vaccine Dose?

I'm not eligible yet.

I'm a college student, and I recently learned that my city is going to be opening up spots on the Health Department website for anyone to be vaccinated if there is a surplus of vaccines. We're still in the first phase of vaccination, but if I were to look frequently at the vaccination website, I could in theory get an appointment.

Since I am a healthy, young person who is not an essential worker or at risk, should I wait to get vaccinated in hopes that someone at greater risk or more essential could take the spot? Or should I keep looking at that website and take the dose as soon as it appears? I'm not taking someone else's spot, or am I?

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