Google, the world’s largest search engine, said it plans to release details on vaccination centres in the coming weeks.
On Friday, Google India reported that it is partnering with the Union Ministry of Health and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to accurately surface vaccination centre details on Search, Charts, and Assistant.
In the coming weeks, the search engine behemoth plans to release details on vaccine clinics.
Since the drive began on January 16 after approval for Covishield and Covaxin, 2.6 crore doses of corona vaccine have been administered in the country.
In a statement, Google India said, “As Covid-19 continues to test our societies, we remain committed to doing all we can to assist the country’s health agencies at this critical juncture of the pandemic, where the efficient rollout of these large-scale vaccinations can help us collectively turn a corner and see a much-needed return to normalcy.”
The organisation said it has been working closely with the Union Health Ministry’s Rapid Risk Response team, which is monitoring disinformation through regions and languages using social media listening tools and countering it with science-based messaging on vaccinations and pandemic response in general.
As the government begins the process of mass vaccination against COVID-19, Google India has made an attempt to provide authoritative and timely information to people who have concerns about vaccines.
“To amplify this science-based narrative around vaccination campaign, we collaborated with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” Google India said.
Shortly after the first round of vaccinations started, the company released awareness panels in Google Search that appear when users search for details about the Covid vaccine.
These panels combine information on the two vaccines, their efficacy, protection, distribution, and side effects, and are available in English and eight Indian languages: Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, and Hindi.
This data comes from the MoHFW, and it contains responses to frequently asked questions, real-time information on vaccinations completed, and links to the MoHFW website for further local tools.