1.4 mln individuals did not complete MySejahtera Covid-19 vaccine registration
Mar 16 2021
Social networks have also had to battle misinformation about the vaccine such as debunked claims that the vaccine is toxic and causes autism.
Facebook has announced it will be taking some new steps with the goal of making it "easier for everyone to get vaccinated" against COVID-19.
In a Facebook post, the company's CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote: "The data shows the vaccines are safe and they work".
The tool, developed in partnership with Boston Children's Hospital, will be a part of the platform's COVID-19 Information Center, and it will help users find where they can get the vaccine near them, providing hours of operation, contact information, and a link where they can make an appointment.
"We're adding a label on posts that discuss the safety of Covid-19 vaccines that notes Covid-19 vaccines go through tests for safety and effectiveness before they're approved", said Facebook.
During the pandemic, Facebook launched an online hub for coronavirus information, which the company is expanding globally to its photo-service Instagram. The social network said governments, nonprofits and global organizations have sent 3 billion messages about COVID-19 to people through WhatsApp chatbots.
About 1.4 million individuals who registered via MySejahtera for Covid-19 vaccine were found not completing their registration, said Coordinating Minister for National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, Khairy Jamaluddin. The new tool will be available in the Covid Information Centre, that Facebook will show right in your News Feed.
They will also reinforce the importance of continuing COVID-19 prevention measures, including washing hands frequently, wearing face masks and observing physical distancing.
Got immunized? Inspire others to do the same with new Instagram Stories stickers, which connect people directly to the Information Center.
"I call on all health workers and people at high risk who have been prioritized to receive vaccines from this first batch, so we can protect our health workforce, other frontline workers and high risk people", Nur added.
More than 531,766 people in the United States have died from the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus and 107 million vaccines have been administrated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.