Facebook has announced the launch of a vaccine finder tool on its mobile app in India. According to sources, the social media giant joined hands with the government of India to roll out the tool. The mobile app tool is claimed to help people identify places nearby to get inoculated.
Facebook stated in a post, “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.”
In this tool, vaccine centre locations and their hours of operation have been provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW). The social media giant said its tool will also show walk-in options (for 46 years and above) and a link to register on the Co-Win website and schedule vaccination appointments.
The company stated that it is partnering with organisations such as United Way, Swasth, Hemkunt Foundation, I Am Gurgaon, Project Mumbai and US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) to deploy the funds announced to help augment critical medical supplies with over 5,000 oxygen concentrators and other life-saving equipment like ventilators, BiPAP machines and to increase hospital bed capacity.
A few days ago the social media platform announced that the company is working with UNICEF and giving USD 10 million to emergency response efforts in India. In March this year, the social media platform had announced the launch of a global campaign to help bring 50 million people a step closer to getting Covid-19 vaccines. The company launched a tool in the Covid Information Center, which will be shown in the News Feed. Furthermore, the social media company is working with health authorities and governments to expand their WhatsApp chatbots to help people register for vaccines.