Amazon Alexa is now updated with the latest COVID-19 related features for Indian users. In 2020, Alexa was able to share information about COVID-19 related symptoms and cases in India, to name a few. Now, Alexa will be able to provide information about testing and vaccination centres, as well as information on vaccination availability, COVID-19 helpline numbers, details to contribute towards COVID-19 relief, and much more. The information is sourced from CoWIN portal, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website as well as MapmyIndia.
Here is all the new COVID-19 related information available on Alexa in India:
Ask for nearest COVID-19 testing centres
Alexa with the help of MapmyIndia, can now help you find the nearest COVID-19 testing centre along with the travel distance. Get started by asking questions such as "Alexa, where can I get a COVID-19 test?".
Get information about nearest vaccination centres
Alexa can help you identify the closest COVID-19 vaccination centres where vaccines are available. Alexa recognizes your location from your device registration and provides a list of all the vaccination centres near you. You can use this information to time your visit to the CoWIN portal for booking an appointment. Just say, "Alexa, where can I get a COVID vaccine?”
Search vaccination centres for friends and family
If you want to search for vaccination centres near other pin codes then use the Vaccine Info Alexa skill. The skill will ask you for a pin code, as well as the age category to provide you with information. This can be extremely useful if you are helping friends and family book appointments. In case of unavailability of the vaccine, Alexa can also set a reminder to check with the skill if the vaccine is available the next day. Just say, "Alexa, open vaccine info".
Get updated on the COVID vaccine completion rates
Alexa with the help of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website, provides the latest updates on the COVID vaccine completion rates in India. To know how many people have been vaccinated so far just ask, "Alexa, how many people have been vaccinated in India?”
Get all your COVID vaccination related doubts cleared
Alexa will now answer all your queries related to vaccination. Not sure if the vaccination is safe? Or need to book a slot for vaccination? Just ask, "Alexa, is COVID vaccine safe?" or "Alexa, how can I register for COVID vaccine?". Alexa also provides the COVID helpline numbers in each state, just say, "Alexa, what is the COVID helpline number in Tamil Nadu?".
Donate for COVID welfare
Amazon has partnered with several NGOs such as Akshaya Patra, Give India and Goonj to make the process of donations easier. Just say, “Alexa, donate now’’ and Alexa will send an app notification and a SMS containing Amazon.in/donate link, where users can complete the transaction with their preferred NGO partner and the amount of their choice.