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WhatsApp now lets you find nearby COVID-19 vaccination centres with available slots: here’s how

On: May 3, 2021

Highlights

  • WhatsApp users can now find nearby vaccination centres through the app
  • The service is available through the MyGov Corona Helpdesk chatbot
  • The option also shows the availability of vaccination slots

WhatsApp’s MyGov Corona Helpdesk chatbot can now show you nearby COVID-19 vaccination centres. The chatbot was launched last year when the pandemic hit for the first time. It also offers useful information like the latest updates and alerts on the COVID-19, professional advice, fact-checker, symptoms and more. 

Also Read: CoWIN 3.0: how to register for COVID-19 vaccine for 18+, price, eligibility, and more

The latest option on the chatbot comes in handy when users need to find quick information on nearby centres. India recently started a rollout of COVID-19 vaccination for everyone above 18 years of age. 

WhatsApp’s MyGov Corona Helpdesk service lets users find nearby vaccination centres

WhatsApp MyGov Corona Helpdesk

Screenshots of how to check nearby COVID-19 vaccination centre on WhatsApp

WhatsApp head Will Cathcart stated that the messaging platform is working with health partners to operate helplines in the form of chatbots. The updated service offers two options under COVID vaccination i.e. centres related information and authentic information. As the name suggests, the former will show the nearby vaccination centre based on the user’s pin code. It will also show the availability of vaccination slots. 

The authentic information will reveal all vaccine-related generic information like who will get the vaccine, how it will be given, any side effects of the vaccine and more. 

How to find the COVID-19 vaccination centres on WhatsApp?

  • Save MyGov Corona Helpdesk’s number, +91 9013151515 on the phone or click on wa.me/919013151515 
  • Open WhatsApp and message the contact with ‘Namaste’ (Hi or Hello works as well)
  • The response is automated and the chatbot will present a list of options
  • Type ‘1’ for COVID Vaccination and the chatbot will ask for pin code
  • Once entered, the chatbot will display a list of vaccination centres near you with available slots

If you find a suitable slot, click on the CoWIN link provided and book it. You’ll need to be registered on the CoWin portal to do so.

 

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