Over the past year, Google has leveraged its large platforms to display useful, pandemic-related information. The latest is a simple encouragement in Google Maps about finding COVID-19 vaccines near you.
In Google Maps for Android, the pill-shaped field at the top of the screen prompts users to “Search COVID-19 vaccines.” This particular message does not yet appear on iOS, while the web makes use of a banner underneath the search box.
It replaces the usually generic “Search here” prompt and joins other PSAs in the app. The “Explore” tab links to a “COVID-19 info & vaccine locations” page for your area, while a “COVID-19 info” map layer has existed for some time now. Other related features include:
- Google adds COVID restriction alerts, new road-trip mapping features, as vaccines enable safer travel
- Search and Maps will soon list COVID-19 vaccination locations
- Maps can now overlay how COVID-19 cases are trending before you visit
- Google Maps now shows ‘Wear a Mask. Save Lives’ banner w/ COVID-19 safety tips
- Google highlighting hotel rooms for COVID-19 responders
- Google Maps adds COVID-19 warning message when searching for medical locations
Meanwhile, YouTube is behind an online and TV ad campaign, while Google has released a handful of high profile PSA messages:
- Google shares one heartwarming reason to get vaccinated as captured by a Nest Hello [Video]
- YouTube launches COVID-19 vaccine online and TV PSAs, focusing on Americans ages 18-34
- Google Doodle promotes COVID-19 prevention w/ masks and social distancing [Updated]
- Google ad about ‘getting back’ after COVID-19 airs during NCAA Final Four to wide acclaim
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