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
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.