Search “covid vaccine near me” on Google to book a slot: Mandaviya

Google said Wednesday that users will be able to get more information about vaccine availability and appointments for more than 13,000 locations nationwide through its three products – Search, Maps and Assistant – starting this week.

The information is powered by real-time data from CoWIN APIs and includes details such as availability of appointment slots at each center, vaccines and doses offered (Dose 1 or Dose 2), prices (paid or free) and a link to the CoWIN website. for the reservation, according to a statement.

The information will show up automatically when users search for vaccination centers near or in a specific area on Google Search, Maps and Google Assistant, he added. “The Ministry of Health has taken another important initiative to improve access to the #COVID19 vaccine: search ‘covid vaccine near me’ on Google, check availability of slots and more, use the ‘Make an appointment’ function “to book a slot,” Union tweeted. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya.

In addition to English, users can also search in eight Indian languages ​​including Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Gujarati and Marathi.

Google said it will continue to work closely with the CoWIN team to roll out this feature to all vaccination centers across India.

In March this year, Google began showing information about COVID-19 vaccination centers, in partnership with the Department of Health and Family Welfare.

“As people continue to seek pandemic-related information to manage their lives around it, we remain committed to finding and sharing authoritative and timely information on our platforms,” said Hema Budaraju, Director of Google search.

With 1.33 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered on Tuesday, the highest on record in a single day, the cumulative doses administered in the country as part of the vaccination campaign exceeded 65.41 crore, data shows. of the Union Ministry of Health.

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