Facebook Inc on 30 April 2021 had announced that it is planning to roll out a new feature in its digital platform in India. The vaccination drive for the people above the age of 18 has been said to be started from the month of May.
The second wave of Covid-19 has been increasing significantly in the country with vaccination being given the most important priority at this moment. The new feature is a finder tool that will help India in the process of Covid-19 vaccination. Let’s look at how the new finder tool of Facebook will help India to vaccinate the people.
Facebook is an American based social media platform and social networking service. The company was launched in the year 2004. The digital platform is available in around 111 languages and available worldwide except in the countries where it is blocked.
As of December 2020, the company has around 2.8 billion monthly active users and during the 2010s Facebook was the most downloaded mobile app globally.
As of April 2021, there were around 406,100,000 users in India. It accounted for 28.9 % of the entire population of the country. The largest user group in the country was people aged in between 25 to 34 years. The majority of the users were men with around 74.5% of the users.
Facebook's Vaccine Finder Tool
On 30 April 2021, Facebook Inc had announced that the company has partnered with the Government of India to introduce a new feature which will be a vaccine finder tool. The finder tool will be available on the mobile application of Facebook in India from this week.
The vaccine finder tool will be available in 17 different languages in India. The finder tool will help the people locate the nearest vaccine center and the operation time period of the vaccine centers according to the health ministry.
Additional features of the Tool
Facebook said in a statement that the new tool will help people in identifying the walk-in options as well for the people above the age of 45. It will also provide a link to register on the CoWin website in order to register and schedule the appointment for the vaccination.
The tool can be accessed in the Covid-19 information center. The Social media company also communicated that it is supporting the NGOs and UN agencies in India with ad credits. They are also providing insights and trying to help them reach the majority of the country through their digital platform with Covid vaccines and health information to prevent covid-19 infections.
Facebook’s help and support
Facebook has also committed with UNICEF India to provide health resources about when to seek emergency care and how to manage covid-19 with mild symptoms at home. The above information is available on the Covid -19 information center and the feed of Facebook’s platform.
The company said that on Instagram they are promoting this feature in the explore feature in the form of guides.
In the last week of April 2021, the Chief of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg had announced a USD 10 million grant for covid-19 emergency response efforts in India. To deploy these funds the social media giant is partnering with the organizations such as US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) and United Way, Swasth, Hemkunt Foundation.
The funds will mainly be used to access the critical medical supplies which include ventilators, increasing hospital bed capacity, BiPAP machines and 5000+ oxygen concentrators.
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The covid-19 second wave has increased the number of cases in the country and this step from Facebook will be a great help for the Indian government and the citizens in the country. The vaccination drive is expected to be done in a smoother way.
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