Facebook announced that it is expanding Covid-19 announcement tool in India, the health departments of states and enables Union territories to share essential COVID-19 related Update with their communities. India is the second country after the US to introduce this feature. Facebook has partnered with 33 states and territories in the Union to introduce this feature in their respective jurisdictions. The COVID-19 announcement feature will enable health departments to send timely, credible COVID-19 and vaccine information to people in their local communities / states, according to Facebook. States can issue these alerts nationwide or to specific cities in their state.
When posts from the State Department of Health are flagged as COVID-19 on Facebook AnnouncementsFacebook will expand their reach so people in the community are more likely to see them. The social media company sends notifications to people in the affected area and also displays this information in the COVID-19 information center. Facebook believes this will help distribute important and urgent updates related to COVID-19 or COVID-19 vaccination efforts to people in the community.
COVID-19 announcements can be used to communicate:
Information on existing COVID-19 resources, e.g. B. Helplines
· Updates to district hospital bed availability, e.g. Intensive care unit (ICU) beds and oxygen-assisted beds
Changes to existing COVID-19 rules and regulations that may affect communities and day-to-day actions, such as: B. Bans, night curfews, and changes to treatment protocols
· Information on vaccine suitability and registration, and the logistics involved in purchasing a vaccine
· Detailed information on COVID-19 behavior
Preventive behavioral health measures to stop the spread of COVID-19