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WhatsApp launches a chat in Spanish in the US to inform about where to get vaccinated

San Francisco, Jun 21 (EFE News) .- The instant messaging platform WhatsApp announced on Monday the creation of a chat in Spanish for Hispanics in the United States, with information about the vaccine against covid-19 and where to receive it.

The application (owned by Facebook) explained in a statement that the chat is a way to support the Government of President Joe Biden to get the maximum number of eligible people vaccinated before the celebration of July 4.

The goal, set by Biden himself, is that 70% of American adults have received at least one dose by the country’s Independence Day, but the current rate of vaccination suggests that it will be difficult to reach that goal.

WhatsApp highlighted its popularity among the Spanish-speaking community in the United States, much higher than it has among English-speakers, and was hopeful that the chat will contribute to “closing the vaccination gap among Hispanics” through a platform “that they use daily. “.

The initiative is supported by the White House, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The chat, which is entitled “My Chat About COVID Vaccines”, can be accessed through the phone number (833) 636-1122, and if the user sends a simple message with the word “Hello”, they will immediately receive a response with information on the free and availability of vaccines.

Among other things, you will be informed that vaccines are available to anyone 12 years of age and older, regardless of immigration status, and that you do not need health insurance to receive them for free.

Next, you will be offered four options – most of them informative – the first of which allows you to find a nearby place to receive the vaccine by entering the zip code.

In addition, the user will also be informed that the transport companies Uber and Lyft are offering free trips to go to get vaccinated until July 4.

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