Coronavirus India update: Google Maps, Search and Assistant to display vaccine availability info

By Jasleen Kaur -- September 01, 2021 4:35 pm -- Updated:September 01, 2021 4:55 pm

Coronavirus India update: Google has announced to add new features to some of its services to aid India’s Covid 19 vaccination drive. As per the latest update, starting later this week, Google Maps, Google Assistant and Google Search will include detailed information on Covid 19 vaccination centres in India near users.

The feature will be powered by implementing APIs from India’s CoWIN portal and includes details like the availability of appointment slots at each centre, vaccines and doses offered (Dose 1 or Dose 2), pricing (paid or free), and link to CoWIN website for booking.

Google Search, Maps and Assistant to now offer detailed info on Covid vaccine availability

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The information will automatically show up when users search for vaccine centres near them, or in any specific area – across Google Search, Google Maps and Google Assistant.

In addition to English, users can also search in eight Indian languages --- Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Gujarati, and Marathi. Google said it would continue to partner closely with the CoWIN team to extend this functionality to all vaccination centres across India.

In March this year, Google started showing information on coronavirus vaccination centres, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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For those who do not use Google Maps, the same information will be also available on the Google Search app and via Google Assistant and will show up every time one searches for terms related to Covid or vaccines.

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As many as 1.33 crore Covid 19 vaccine doses being administered on Tuesday, the highest-ever in a single day, according to the Union Health Ministry data on coronavirus vaccination situation in India.

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