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Facebook to launch vaccine finder

Facebook to launch vaccine finder
  • Special Correspondent
  • 29 July, 2021 12:00 AM
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Facebook will launch COVID-19 vaccine finder in Bangladesh.

This is a new tool to help Bangladeshis confirm their eligibility and identify nearby places to get the vaccine.

The Facebook declared it at a time when the government of Bangladesh will start massive vaccination campaign at union level on August 7, 2021.  

Bangladesh’s ICT Division and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have partnered with Facebook to launch the Vaccine Finder, according to a statement by the Facebook.

This is the part of Facebook’s holistic approach to raise awareness about hygiene measures, help people access COVID-related information and support the vaccine roll-out in the country, it said. 

The Vaccine Finder connects people to local resources through their News Feed and includes eligibility criteria as well as the location of the vaccination centre and links to register for an appointment.

The tool can be found in Facebook’s COVID-19 Information Center, which is also available in Bangla.

Facebook has taken several steps to support vaccine roll-out and raise awareness about safe hygiene practices around the world.

The social media company has connected over 2 billion people globally to resources from health authorities through the COVID-19 Information Center.

It also removed more than 18 million pieces of harmful misinformation about COVID-19 and approved vaccines.

Facebook has been working with partners in Bangladesh and around the world to increase health awareness and connect people to the latest information from health experts during the pandemic.

So far, 11 million Bangladeshis have signed up using the platform’s Blood Donations feature to play a role in reducing critical blood shortage in the country, it said. 

In Bangladesh, Facebook sends News Feed notifications directing people to register for the vaccine on the government’s website www.surokkha.gov.bd and continues to remind them about preventive hygiene measures, like wearing masks.

It also helps people easily access www.corona.gov.bd for latest government directives.

Earlier this year, a public education campaign (www.fightcovidmisinfo.com) was launched to help Bangladeshis identify and combat false information related to COVID.