COVID19 India: Facebook introduces finder tool to locate COVID vaccine centres

Covid-19 India Vaccine Centres
Covid-19 Vaccine Centres in India.

After numerous issues, the citizens face while registering on the CoWIN portal and Aarogya Setu application, you can now soon find a nearby COVID centre in your area and register for it without any delay. Social media giant Facebook has associated with the Indian government to assist people in the whole vaccination process. It will combine and show walk-in options for 45 years and above, besides a link to register on the CoWIN portal and make vaccination appointments accordingly.

Facebook Covid-19 Vaccine Centre Finder
Facebook Covid-19 Vaccine Centre Finder.

The COVID-19 Information Center and in Feed will also have details on how to request emergency care and handle mild COVID-19 symptoms in isolation at home, backed by UNICEF India. It will display the real-time availability of the nearest vaccination centres in your area on its mobile application. The new vaccination tool will be present in 17 different Indian languages to connect more people.

“Partnering with the Government of India, Facebook will begin rolling out its Vaccine Finder tool on the Facebook mobile app in India available in 17 languages to help people identify places nearby to get the vaccine,” Facebook said in its official statement.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, has provided all the required information related to vaccine centre locations and their hours of operations. Users on Instagram can also get the details through Guides in the Explore section.

To allocate the funds announced and aid by medical products (ventilators, BiPAP machines) with more than 5,000 oxygen concentrators, American technology conglomerate stated, it will partner with NGOs and some agencies such as Hemkunt Foundation, United Way, Swasth, I Am Gurgaon, Project Mumbai, and US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF).

It had also contributed by granting 10 million dollars (nearly 74 hours) as emergency response efforts for aiding India to tackle the COVID-19 second wave as the cases rose in the country.

“The (COVID-19 and vaccine-related) information is accessible and prominent on Facebook’s COVID-19 Information Center and in Feed. On Instagram, we are promoting this information via Guides in Explore. We have also built a series of Twitter Moments to help you get the facts from the most reliable sources because we know not all the information you see on the service is credible. These dedicated Moments about vaccine safety, how to stay safe and more, including detailed and accredited information from organisations like the MoHFW and World Health Organization, among others,” Facebook further said in its official statement.

Recently, Facebook-owned platform WhatsApp added a new feature to WhatsApp’s MyGov Corona Helpdesk chatbot through which people can find the Covid-19 vaccination centre nearest to them.

The total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has been more than 15.22 crore. In contrast, over 2.45 crore people registered themselves on the Co-WIN digital platform in Phase-3 of the COVID-19 vaccination for those above 18 years that started on May 1.

Social media platforms like Facebook have been life-saving for many amid the shortage of medical supplies. Some of the people who were looking for oxygen cylinders, hospital beds, plasma donors and ventilators with possible donors received help and aid on the application.

The company is increasing awareness content from its associates to assist people widely in most COVID affected areas.