Google to turn campuses into mass vaccination sites


Google is stepping up to the plate to help distribute more COVID-19 vaccines.

"We’ve been seeing a big uptick, about five times increase in searches around information about vaccines, so we know people want it," said Dr. Karen DeSalvo, a physician and Google’s chief health officer. The search engine is often the first place people go for information about COVID-19.

Dr. DeSalvo said they want to make sure everyone can get it, which is why the company is donating $150 million worldwide to help public health authorities spread the word out about vaccine availability.

They’re even opening up the company's largely empty campuses as mass vaccination clinics.

"Our goal is here is to make our campuses, our parking lots, our spaces available for local public health authorities, usually in partnership with third party…available for community vaccinations," she explained. "We believe that as the community goes, we go."

In terms of vaccine availability, Dr. DeSalvo told KCBS Radio they are working with states to send out accurate information about when people can actually get a shot.