Apple Maps now shows nearby COVID-19 vaccination centers in the US.
Apple Maps has been updated to show COVID-19 vaccination centers close to its users in the United States. Eligible users can find nearby vaccination centers from the search bar on Apple Maps or they can ask Siri “Where can I get a COVID vaccine?” This is Apple’s latest step to help curb the coronavirus pandemic. The company has also created a feature in Siri that will provide information about the novel coronavirus from trusted outlets and will also provide crucial information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In the last upgrade to Apple Maps, the company has provided a feature that helps users in the US find the closest pharmacies and providers of COVID-19 vaccines. Apple lists the vaccination centers for VaccineFinder, the free online vaccine locator service developed by Boston Children’s Hospital. The locator service has up-to-date information on vaccination centers in the US and can also provide details on COVID-19 testing centers.
Along with the US, Apple Maps also provides data for test locations in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand.
Apple Maps also includes location cards for each vaccination center. Each location card includes hours of operation, address, and phone numbers along with a website link so Apple Maps users can learn more about available vaccines. Today, Apple has listed more than 20,000 locations nationwide and will add more in the coming weeks. Along with this, Apple has included a feature to allow companies to update information about COVID-19 vaccination and testing locations in the Apple business registration Web page. After this, businesses can display special shopping hours on Apple Maps to users.
TO mobility data trending tool It has been launched by Apple by collecting data from Apple Maps. This data provides information to interested authorities and the company claims that it can also help in the formation of new public policies by studying the change in the way people travel.