Facebook has launched a tool in partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital to help people find appointments for the covid-19 vaccine, according to a press release from the social media company. Monday. The tool only works in the US right now, but Facebook says it hopes to roll out the vaccine finder in more regions as they get vaccinated against the coronavirus. be more available.
Users can visit Facebook Covid-19 Vaccine Information Center where you can see the hours of operation of the vaccine locations, along with contact information and online links to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine. The Facebook tool is available in 71 different languages so far, depending on the company.
“Today we are launching a global campaign to help bring 50 million people one step closer to receiving Covid-19 vaccines,” Mark Zuckerberg wrote in an overnight Facebook post.
“We have already connected more than 2 billion people with authoritative Covid-19 information,” Zuckerberg continued. “Now that many countries are moving towards vaccination for all adults, we are working on tools to make it easier for everyone to get vaccinated as well.
And although Zuck is right that Facebook has started providing more authoritative information on covid-19 in recent months, conspiracy theories about vaccines, among many other things, I found a safe home on facebook for too long“Especially in private groups.”
More than 100 million doses of vaccines have been distributed in the US until the past. weekend, a remarkable achievement that should give Americans a certain sense of relief, however reserved. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
What if you don’t use Facebook but still want to find an appointment to get the vaccine? The good news is that the Facebook tool simply builds on top of an existing tool that is already available online called VaccineFinder, which is available at VaccineFinder.org. The tool was developed by the CDC, Harvard Medical School, and Boston Children’s Hospital, along with other healthcare partners.
To be clear, pointing out that the tool already exists is do not discount or underestimate Facebook shares today. For some people, Facebook is the The internet and anything that helps more people get vaccinated is certainly a good thing.
But it is also useful that this is not a tool that can only be accessed through Facebook. Many people have left Facebook in recent years due to a multitude of privacy concerns with the platform. And the last thing we need is for Facebook to create proprietary public health tools that can only be accessed if you have a Facebook account.