What you need to know
- Apple Maps now includes listings for 20,000 COVID-19 vaccination locations.
- The update covers the U.S. only.
- More locations will be added soon.
It's getting easier to find places dispensing COVID-19 vaccines in your area. On Tuesday, Apple announced an update to the Apple Maps app that includes vaccination locations from VaccineFinder. Developed by Boston Children's Hospital, the service shows vaccine availability for those eligible at providers and pharmacies around the United States.
To find a location, you can use the Search bar in Apple Maps by selecting COVID-19 Vaccines in the Find Nearby menu. Siri also has this information. Just say, "Where can I get a COVID vaccination?" For each location listed, you'll see a place card showing its operating hours, address, phone numbers, and a link to the provider's website, where Maps users can learn more about available vaccines and book appointments.
At launch, the VaccineFinder-COVID-19 mapping tool offers up-to-date listings for 20,000 locations, with more being added in the coming weeks.
According to Apple:
Seeing the COVID-19 update in the Apple Maps app doesn't require an app update. Instead, it's being rolled out automatically beginning today, March 16.
Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.
This will be useful in knowing what locations to avoid. I beta test software not vaccines.
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