Facebook has partnered with the Indian government to add a vaccine search tool to its mobile app in India. With this tool, Facebook users in the country can locate nearby vaccination centers. This comes just days after the social media giant announced a $ 10 million grant for emergency response efforts in the country.
Vaccine Search Tool on Facebook
According to Facebook, The Vaccine Search Tool will be available in 17 languages. and will begin to roll out this week. Available on Facebook’s COVID-19 Information Center, you can view vaccine center locations along with their hours of operation in this tool. It will also highlight walk-in options for those over 45 and a link to the Cowin website.
“In partnership with the government of India, Facebook will begin rolling out its Vaccine Finder tool to Facebook’s mobile app in India this week. Available in 17 languages, the tool will help people identify nearby places to receive the vaccine. ” He says the company.
Anmol from our team already has access to the feature and this is what it looks like. You can access it by navigating the menu from the top navigation bar. Here, go to the ‘COVID-19 Information Center’ and scroll down to the ‘Search for a COVID-19 Vaccine’ section.
To efficiently utilize the $ 10 million fund, Facebook is partnering with organizations including United Way, Swasth, Hemkunt Foundation, I Am Gurgaon, Project Mumbai, and the United States-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF). In addition, the company says it is supporting NGOs and UN agencies in India with advertising credits and expertise. In this way, these organizations can reach the majority of people on Facebook with relevant information.
If you are not a Facebook user, you can go directly to Cowin Official Website to find your nearest vaccination center. You can also use Google Maps to check the location of COVID-19 vaccination centers in the country. For step-by-step instructions, check out our guide on how to register for the COVID-19 vaccine in India. Also, check out our list of COVID-19 resources if you are looking for empty beds or helpline numbers.
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