Google has put in some efforts to make people learn about the Covid vaccination process and help them find their vaccination locations. The company will provide its assistance to users in the US, Canada, France, Chile, India and Singapore.
Since people face potential obstacles while trying to get access to the vaccination, Google is providing 250,000 COVID-19 vaccinations to countries in need. The company is also offering funds to pop-up vaccine sites in the US and is contributing $250 million in Ad Grants to connect people to accurate vaccine information.
These steps taken by Google are meant to resolve issues with access to vaccination due to factors including where people live, how far they have to drive to a vaccination site, and if they have reliable internet access to book an appointment.
Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, has launched a drive for additional funding to secure vaccines for low and middle-income countries, and Google is providing Gavi with pro bono technical assistance to increase global distribution, along with funding vaccinations for 250,000 people.
Google has also been working with Gavi since February on providing insights about the Covid vaccine to educate communities. By committing $15 million in Ad Grants, Google is helping Gavi enhance their fundraising campaign.
In addition to that, Google has partnered with Partners in Health, Stop the Spread, and Team Rubicon, who are working directly with over 500 community-based organizations to serve Black, Latino and rural communities. The company is providing $2.5 million in grant funding to these organizations, which will go toward efforts like pop-up vaccination sites.
Lastly, to help make the process of signing up for a vaccine easier, Google Cloud is launching an expanded virtual agent as part of its Intelligent Vaccine Impact solution (IVIs). This will help people schedule vaccine appointments and ask common questions through a virtual agent. The assistance will be provided in up to 28 languages and dialects, via chat, text, web, mobile or over the phone.