Volunteers map vaccination centres in Bengaluru


Mudassar, a covid-recovered Bengalurean, and his team have created a website mapping vaccine sites and all you wanted to know about covid


You’ve read all the pros and cons about vaccines and your vaccine know-how is at its all-time peak. But that is of little or no value if you still don’t know where to go and get the jab. That many people find it hard to access simple and vital information about where vaccines are available in their neighbourhood is one of the biggest reasons for vaccine hesitancy.

Thankfully, a group of volunteers from the city have mapped all the vaccines sites to make it easy for people looking for this information – not just the name of the hospital but its location on a map too.

Ameen E Mudassar, 39, a resident of Basavanagudi, said he developed this website (https://covidhelplinebangalore.com/) after he got many queries about where to go to get a jab. “While a few were hesitant to go to government hospitals, there were others who wanted only government hospitals as the vaccination was completely free. So, we decided to collate all this information and put a list of government and private hospitals offering the vaccinations and their locations.



When the government released the list of hospitals in March, it was not an exhaustive list. After that, many hospitals were added. We went on updating that list,” said Mudassar. He added this to the raw data of primary health centres he had collected earlier while providing information on covid test sites.

“After that our team sourced ward-wise details of each hospital and then the map link was provided. We also had to contact several private hospitals for the list. Then, we opened a live chat session where people had a lot of queries. One of the most common queries was related to the choice of the vaccine. So, we also included information on which hospital was providing Covaxin

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and which ones were giving Covishield,” said Mudassar adding that the response has been huge. In less than 24 hours, 17,000 people had searched for the hospitals. He said that the live chat was receiving more than 600 queries so far.

With news guidelines being released often, Mudassar and his team decided to collate and make this information available all in one place. This included notifications, guidelines and other information related to covid. “During the live chat, most questions are about the vaccines and which is better, eligibility criteria, how to vaccinate elderly who are immobile, the safety of vaccines and details of the nearest vaccine centre,” said Mudassar. Based on the queries, they have now also added a new feature – the vaccination centre closest to you.

He strongly believes that vaccination can be a game-changer and it is the only way to induce herd immunity. The website also has details of testing centres, ambulance services, hospital beds, plasma requests and more. Mudassar who is a career counsellor by profession had tested covid-positive in July last year. “The very next day, I had to be admitted to a private hospital where it struck me to start a website which could be of use to covid patients and their families,” says Mudassar.



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