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Facebook Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Finder Tool for India

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  • Facebook Launches In-app Vaccine Finder Tool In Partnership With Central Govt.
  • The vaccine tracker tool allows users to find the nearest vaccine center location.
  • Facebook will be joining hands with NGOs and agencies.

Facebook has partnered with the Indian government to roll out a vaccine finder tool on its mobile app in India, which will help people identify places nearby to get vaccinated.

The platform said that it is working with Unicef India to provide health resources to people about when to seek emergency care and how to manage mild covid-19 symptoms at home. The information is accessible on Facebook’s covid-19 information center and its news feed.

The new feature will be available on Facebook’s mobile app in India and is said to be available in 17 languages.

Facebook said on its India page:

“In this tool, vaccine center locations and their hours of operation have been provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The tool will also show walk-in options (for 46 years and above) and a link to register on the CoWin website and schedule your vaccination appointment. You can access the tool in the Covid-19 Information Center.”

Facebook has also remarked that its COVID-19 information Centre and in Feed will also have information on tips to seek emergency care and managing mild Covid-19 symptoms at home. This information will be provided by UNICEF India.

The founder and chief executive officer of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg announced a $10 million grant for emergency response efforts in light of the covid-19 situation in the country.

In addition, to help the healthcare system that has been stretched over the last few weeks, Samsung will provide USD 2 million worth of medical supplies, including 100 Oxygen Concentrators, 3,000 Oxygen Cylinders, and one million LDS syringes. These will be offer to the states of Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, the company said.

India’s vaccination update

According to the Health Ministry’s data, India has administered more than 16 crore doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Among these, more than 13 crore vaccine jabs were administered as first doses.

The data also stated that more than 2.29 lakh people in the age group of 18-44 have been vaccinated in the last 24 hours. The vaccine doses administered for the mentioned age group have crossed the 6-lakh mark.

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