Friday , September 24 2021

NotifVAX application: many downloads, but few vaccines

According to data from ciussu of the Capitale-National, the NotifVAX app has been downloaded to date 1,200 times and only 171 people have gotten a vaccine through it. This represents 14% of app owners.

Several users have reportedly not received any vaccination proposals, while the app launched ten days ago should facilitate quick access to 4,500 doses.

Users who say they have not had any offers should check their profile to check compliance, underlines the spokesman for ciussu de la Capitale-Nationale, Mathieu Boivin.

A teenager is vaccinated.

A teenager gets vaccinated (files).

Photo: Radio-Canada / Ivanoh Demers

Young goals

The launch of NotifVAX aimed to encourage the vaccination of young people, followers of immediacy.

The app allows you to receive free notifications when doses are available nearby. They can be used for both a first and a second dose.

Notifications are sent based on appointment cancellation, remaining doses at the end of the day, decreased attendance, and available vaccinations at vaccination centers or on board the Vaccine-O-Bus.

Bus converted into mobile vaccination clinic COVID-19.

Vaccine-O-Bus is one of the incentives to promote vaccination.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Pierre-Alexandre Bolduc

The NotifVAX application does not allow geolocation or detection of phone numbers. It allows its users to enter their age group, the type of vaccine desired and the preferred vaccination sites in the Capitale-National.

Only one person can be registered at a time per mobile device. Upon receipt of a notification, the person will have two to five minutes to accept or decline the appointment.

Always the least vaccinated

When the initiative was launched in the Capitale-National, 3,000 people aged 18 to 29 still had to be vaccinated to reach the target of 75% of people vaccinated with a first dose.

There are now more vaccinated young people, but young people aged 18 to 29 are still the least vaccinated in the Capitale-Nationale region. It is the only age group that is still below 75%.

As of Wednesday, there was still a deficit of 2,029 people to be vaccinated in this part of the population to achieve the goal set by public health.

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