Google is converting some company facilities in California, New York and Washington state into COVID-19 vaccination clinics, with plans to expand to more regions.
Google is working with local public health authorities and primary-care practice One Medical to adapt some of the company's buildings and parking lots in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and Kirkland, Wash., to serve as vaccination sites, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and parent company Alphabet, wrote in a blog post Monday.
Any patient eligible for the vaccine will be able to receive one, according to the post. The clinics won't be limited to Google employees.
Pichai didn't specify when the clinics would open.
"We recognize that getting vaccines to people is a complex problem to solve, and we're committed to doing our part," Pichai wrote. "We're working with local officials to determine when sites can open based on local vaccine availability."
Google searches for "vaccines near me" have increased fivefold since the beginning of 2021, according to Pichai.
Google in the blog post also pledged to distribute $100 million in ad grants to the CDC Foundation, World Health Organization and other not-for-profits promoting vaccine education and access, as well as an additional $50 million to help public health agencies target vaccine information to underserved communities.
Google, which has faced public scrutiny over its healthcare work in the past, posted $46 billion in revenue and $12.6 billion in operating income for 2020's third quarter. Google will post its earnings results for 2020's fourth quarter in February.