India is currently amid an ocean of human sufferings. The second wave of Covid-19 is nothing like its first, it’s devastating and has caused irreparable damage to many. The tally of Covid positive cases and deaths are increasing rapidly by the day. Hospitals are running in full capacity, there is a shortage of medical oxygen supply and there seems no end to the sufferings of the people.
However, vaccines have come as a silver lining to help us tackle the pandemic. People are getting vaccinated at vaccination centres set up by government or private hospitals and many organizations are aiding India to handle the second wave.
Recently, WhatsApp developed a chatbot in partnership with the Indian Government to help people find vaccination centres near them. And now Facebook has launched a vaccine finder tool on its mobile app in India. This tool has been designed to help people locate vaccination centres near them.
What is a Vaccine Finder Tool?
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has provided all the data, such as vaccine centre locations and their hours of operation, that will be required by the tool to operate and locate vaccination centres. You can also see walk-in options for 46 years and above and a link to the CoWin website where you can schedule your vaccination appointment. The tool is available in 17 languages and can be accessed in the Covid-19 Information Center.
In addition to this, Facebook is also providing information to people on when to seek emergency care and how to manage mild Covid-19 symptoms at home. The information can be accessed on Facebook’s Covid-19 Information Center and also in Feed. Instagram is also promoting this information via Guides in Explore.
Earlier, Facebook had announced a $10 million grant for emergency response efforts for the Covid-19 situation in India. It will also join hands with various NGOs and agencies like United Way, Swasth, Hemkunt Foundation, I Am Gurgaon, Project Mumbai and US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF).