WhatsApp has released a new sticker pack called Vaccines for All to inspire users to get the COVID-19 vaccine and show support for healthcare workers all over the world. The new sticker pack was created in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO).
WhatsApp has also collaborated with over 150 national, state, and local governments, as well as organizations such as the World Health Organization and UNICEF, to provide verified COVID-19 knowledge and services to its global users. Vaccine details and registration are now available via COVID-19 helplines built on WhatsApp by various organizations.
The Vaccines for All sticker set for WhatsApp includes 23 different WHO-designed stickers. It’s available for Android and iOS, and it’s designed to help people “express the joy, relief, and hope they feel about the possibilities the COVID-19 vaccines offer.” Some of the stickers in the new pack are also intended to encourage WhatsApp users to express their gratitude for healthcare professionals.
“As COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out across the world, the new sticker pack aims to encourage vaccine uptake and represents hope,” said Andy Pattison, Team Lead, Digital Channels, WHO.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, WhatsApp has added COVID-19 helplines from various national, state, and local governments and organisations, including WHO and UNICEF. About three billion messages were sent via these global helplines in the last year, according to the instant messaging app.
Governments in India, Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, and South Africa have begun to use these helplines to link people to correct COVID-19 vaccine details and registration, according to WhatsApp. In Indonesia, the messaging app said that 500,000 medical staff used the helpline service to schedule vaccine appointments in the first five days.
Last year, WhatsApp teamed up with MyGov and Reliance’s AI platform Haptik to provide COVID-19 information to Indian people through a chatbot called MyGov Corona Helpdesk. The chatbot now has over 30 million users and provides information on COVID-19 vaccines.