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Google Maps Will Soon Show COVID Vaccine Locations

Google Maps Will Soon Show COVID Vaccine Locations

New submitter wooloohoo shares a report from Ars Technica: The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine means a ton of people are soon going to be looking for vaccination sites. As usual, Google wants to be at the center of getting people where they’re going, and in a new blog post Google says it will start loading Search and Maps with information on vaccination sites. “In the coming weeks,” the company writes, “COVID-19 vaccination locations will be available in Google Search and Maps, starting with Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, with more states and countries to come.”

Soon you’ll be able to search “COVID vaccine” and get location results showing access requirements, appointment information, and if a site has a drive-through. Google says it is partnering with the Boston Children’s Hospital’s VaccineFinder.org, government agencies, and retail pharmacies for the data. Elsewhere in the Google Empire, the company says it will open up various Google facilities as vaccine sites. “Google also says it plans on launching a ‘Get the Facts’ campaign across its services,” the report adds. “The post says the initiative will run across Google and YouTube to ‘get authoritative information out to the public about vaccines.'”

Read more of this story at Slashdot.