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Facebook Launches New Vaccine Feature

Facebook adds a feature that shows state vaccine information to the top of the News Feed for its US users.

Now that all adults in the US become eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, Facebook is making it easier for the users to find information based on where they live. The company has started rolling out a feature that adds a box with state-specific information about where to get a COVID-19 vaccine at the top of the News Feed of every user living in a state where the general public is eligible to get a vaccine dosage.

Once available, the feature will appear at the top of the News Feed and will show state-specific information, confirming that the user is now eligible to receive the vaccine, including a link on where to find the vaccine in the province.

Most US states have now made the vaccination appointments available to all adults, though some states are still lagging. With even more availability, it has become a challenge for some people in specific parts of the US to book an appointment, leading some volunteers to build dedicated websites to help people with their search.

The feature is also available in “nearly 20 countries,” Facebook declared, with the ultimate goal to release it in more areas as the countries are now opening COVID-19 vaccinations to the general public.

Facebook had rolled out a similar feature to its mobile app in the previous year, which helped fight misinformation about COVID-19 appearing on its platform as the site is seeing a surge in users. Facebook states that over 3 million US users have clicked through those promotions between January and March, indicating the new vaccine links could reach a significant number of Facebook users in the months to come.

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