Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant for its Echo products, will now look for nearby vaccine clinics and link users to their websites to check for availability or schedule an appointment. “Alexa, where can I get a COVID vaccine?” is a voice command that Alexa users can use, and a list of all the vaccination sites in the area will be given. This would be especially beneficial to the elderly, who can find it difficult to arrange appointments via online portals and pages.
Alexa will help customers access information about COVID-19 vaccines and link them to vaccination pages, according to the company’s official website. Users may ask Alexa to contact one of the places on the list to search for availability in addition to hearing a list of nearby vaccination centres. For example, to connect to a specific location and learn more about vaccine or appointment availability, simply say, “Alexa, call the first one.” This function is only available in the United States at the moment.
This is similar to how Alexa will help you find a nearby COVID-19 testing spot. “Alexa, where can I get tested for COVID-19?” is a command that can be triggered by asking, “Alexa, where can I get tested for COVID-19?” Say, “Alexa, call the first one,” to get a list of nearby research centers and more information about test sites by saying, “Alexa, call the first one.”
Last year, Alexa, according to Amazon, answered tens of millions of questions about COVID-19. For more than 85 nations, it may address concerns regarding vaccine supply and eligibility criteria. India is currently experiencing the second wave of the pandemic, with daily cases exceeding 3 lakhs. Due to a lack of medical services, hospital beds, and oxygen, people have turned to social media to seek assistance. People aged 18 and up will soon be able to get vaccines. The registration procedure is described in detail here.