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Google Maps will soon tell you where to get the COVID-19 vaccine

People can search ‘vaccines near me’ to find new information about vaccine clinics.

In this Aug. 8, 2018, file photo, a mobile phone displays a user’s travels using Google Maps in New York. Google Maps will soon add a new feature that will tell you where to find COVID-19 vaccine clinics in your area.
Seth Wenig, Associated Press

Google Maps will soon add a new feature that will tell you where to find COVID-19 vaccine clinics in your area.

  • The new feature will launch in Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
  • Searches for “vaccines near me” have increased so much that Google decided to add the new feature to its app.
  • The new feature will show people a number of details about the vaccination, including whether you’ll need an appointment, if the vaccine is available to specific groups or if there’s a drive-thru option.
  • Google is working with public health officials, local governments and pharmacies to share its information.

More help from Google

The Google Maps move is a part of Google’s new $150 million initiative to promote education and understanding of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The company plans to turn its Google facilities — buildings, parking lots and open spaces — into vaccination sites as needed.

  • “These sites will be open to anyone eligible for the vaccine based on state and local guidelines,” Google said.
  • The company said it will start with sites in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area in California; Kirkland, Washington; and New York City,