The COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected the entire world, is coming to an end as new vaccines come online. If you’re in the United States and are looking for vaccination locations, both Google Maps and Apple Maps have you covered. Both now provide the latest information on locations near you.
To offer up-to-date mapping information on COVID-19 vaccination locations, Google and Apple have turned to VaccineFinder.org, a site from Boston Children’s Hospital that helps connect people with resources. Vaccine supplies remain limited and you must schedule an appointment to get a shot.
The vaccine finder initiative from Google went online in late January in select U.S. states. It’s now available throughout the country and is making its way to other countries in dozens of languages.
To find a location through the Google Maps app:
- Open the Google Maps app on your Android or iOS device.
- Type COVID vaccine in the Search box.
- Make a selection from the list, which is sorted based on your current location.
- Next, tap See location info for the location you’re interested in visiting.
Google provides the address, the phone number to call to schedule an appointment and current hours for each location. It also offers driving directions from your location and website information, when available. Expanded map information is also available.
Similar information is available by visiting Google Maps on a web browser. Type “covid vaccine” in the Search box.
In Apple’s mapping app, follow these directions to find current vaccination locations near you:
- Open the Apple Maps app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap on the Search box.
- Either tap COVID-19 Vaccines from the Find Nearly location or search for “Vaccination Locations.”.
- Finally, choose a location from the list.
Like Google Maps, Apple Maps provides information about each vaccination location, including driving directions, hours of operation, address, and phone number. Where applicable, there’s also a link to make an appointment. Scrolling down, you can find similar businesses in the same location.
Currently, Apple doesn’t offer a web-based Maps app. However, besides iPhone and iPad, Macs also have a Maps app. To find vaccination locations near you, use the app’s search functionality.
COVID-19: Where Things Stand
To date, the U.S. government has approved three COVID-19 vaccines on an emergency basis, including the two-shot Moderna COVID Vaccine, two-shot Pfizer-BioNTech COVID Vaccine, and Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot Janssen COVID Vaccine. Other vaccines could be approved by the U.S. in the coming weeks and months. Each state has its own rules on who qualifies for a vaccination. Regardless of the manufacturer, these vaccinations are available for free.