Google will turn some of its campus spots across the US into COVID-19 vaccination sites as part of efforts to aid the rollout
- Google will open up some of its US corporate spaces for use as COVID-19 vaccination sites, it announced Monday.
- It says 'buildings, parking lots and open spaces' will be made available for use as vaccination clinics.
- It will also surface local information in search and Maps on vaccination availability and locations.
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Google will open up some of its corporate spaces across the US to be used as COVID-19 vaccination clinics, the company announced Monday.
The company says it will start by partnering with primary-care practice One Medical, which will run the sites in coordination with public health authorities.
In a blog post, Google CEO Sundar Pichai says the facilities Google is providing will include "buildings, parking lots and open spaces" it owns in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York City, and Kirkland, Washington.
A spokesperson told Business Insider that Google won't announce specific locations until enough doses of the vaccine are available.
The plan is to only open these spaces in the US for now, but a spokesperson said the company will later assess whether it makes sense to expand internationally.
The announcement is one of several new commitments the company is making to help the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine this year.
The company says it is also working to push authoritative information on vaccinations and vaccination sites to the top of search and Maps. Google will start showing state and regional distribution information on search to help people find when they are eligible for a vaccine.
It will also use search and Maps to show vaccination locations, starting with Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas "in the coming weeks" with more states and countries to follow. Google says this will also include details on things like whether an appointment or referral is required, and if the site has a drive-through.
To aid with vaccination efforts, Google says it will also pledge an additional $100 million worth of ad grants for the CDC Foundation, the World Health Organization, and various nonprofits globally.
An additional $50 million will be put towards a partnership with with public health agencies for a marketing campaign to help reach underserved communities in the US, the company said.
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