How to preregister online for Covid vaccine shots in India through CoWin-20 App


Are you looking for information on how to book a slot online for the government inoculation program for the Covid vaccine? This article provides some general information on the upcoming CoWin-20 App through which citizens of India can register in advance for a vaccine shot to protect against the Covid-19 virus.

At the outset, it should be noted that the CoWin-20 App for the vaccine inoculation for Covid-19 is still under development as of today and is not available to download on any online platform. This article is currently giving a general idea of what is required to be done to get registered for the vaccine inoculation program, with details sourced from various news reports.

Overview

The Central Government aims to streamline the procedure to provide a Covid vaccine to those citizens who require it, through a single digital platform, namely a smartphone app currently named CoWin-20. This mobile app is an important aspect of the Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) system that the Govt. launched earlier. The mobile App will not only be the focal point to ensure mass vaccine inoculation and to record data of every vaccine session on the State and national level, but will also provide crucial information about storage facilities to ensure that the vaccine doses are being maintained at the required temperature.



Highlights of CoWin 20 App

The CoWin-20 App will have features to enable an individual to register his/her name through the app, get information about where and when the vaccine shot will be given and for authorized agencies to later sent an intimation about the second vaccine dose to be taken (if this is applicable for the particular company's vaccine).

Other than enabling the personnel of an authorized agency to maintain a record of vaccine data, the CoWin-20 mobile App will help them to create a database of frontline personnel, including those directly in the field of healthcare, and others who provide vital associated services, such as police personnel. All these citizens will come under a category called the Prioritized Population Group. Citizens who are above the age of 50 years and those below 50 years with co-morbidities will be categorized under the Prioritized Age Group. This group of citizens will likely be contacted based on the data of electoral rolls of the most recent State-based or national elections.

While arrangements are likely to be made for healthcare workers to get the vaccine shot at fixed sites, such as hospitals and health centres, the general public will be required to register via the CoWin-20 mobile App and take the vaccine shot at centres that will be set up by the local authorities. Since these centres need to ensure that there is no crowding, the campuses of educational institutes, marriage halls, even polling booths and other large spaces will be considered as venues for the vaccine program. As per the guidelines, centres would be located nearest to the place of residence/work. In the case of regions in India where there are security issues or the terrain is rough, mobile camps will be set up. A minimum of 100 citizens per session should benefit from the vaccine shot.



The registration process for Covid-19 vaccine

Once the CoWin-20 App is available for download at an online App store, you need to download it on your smartphone. Register your name and contact number and other details as required. This pre-registration to get a slot will likely be mandatory to take the vaccine shot, as on-the-spot registration at a vaccine centre will not be allowed. Once you register, you will receive intimation through the beneficiary acknowledgement module of the app, alerting you of being selected for the vaccine shot. Details of the date, timings (the schedule will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and venue of the vaccination centre will likely be provided through the app as well.

Thus, there are five components on the CoWin-20 App – (i) an administrator component for those managing and coordinating the vaccination sessions; (ii) the vaccination component to verify details of the beneficiary and update the status of the vaccination; (iii) the beneficiary acknowledgement component that dispatches intimations and alerts via SMS to the beneficiary and will also generate QR-based certificates after he/she gets the vaccine shot; (iv) the report component to prepare reports on the number of vaccine sessions, the number of citizens who came for them/did not come, etc; and (v) a component that will provide live data on the temperature of the vaccine cold-storage facilities to the main server.

At the vaccination centre

When you visit the center for the vaccine shot, you will be required to produce identity documents in original, such as Voter's ID, Aadhar Card, Driving License, Passport, etc. This document should be one having your photo on it and there will be separate staff for checking documents before you get entry inside the next room to take the vaccine. The vaccine will be administered by an authorized vaccination Officer and authorized medical personnel are required to be present, along with the necessary security personnel.

Once the vaccine shot is administered to you, you will be made to remain at the centre in the third room for some time (maybe up to half an hour), under observation to note adverse reactions, if any, to the vaccine shot. Social distancing will be maintained between the people seated here.

You will get a QR-based certificate once the vaccination has been done, through the beneficiary acknowledgement feature of the CoWin-20 App.

A few questions

A few questions come to mind -
Is taking the vaccine going to be mandatory for all, even those who are healthy?
Will the vaccine be totally free?
How do citizens who do not have a smartphone register for a vaccine shot?
Would it not be better to have specific time slots for each beneficiary so that there are no long queues and also since people need to wait under observation before exiting?
Will the vaccine centre have the appropriate storage facility to keep the vaccines at the correct temperature for the entire say's session?
Will the vaccine centre have facilities for physically challenged citizens?
Can the vaccine shot be administered at home for vulnerable senior citizens, as also those who are too frail to move out?



Conclusion

Let's hope for the best for the world to successfully emerge from this pandemic. In the meanwhile, do continue to take care – wear a mask outdoors, avoid all kinds of large functions and gatherings, wash hands and maintain hygiene. Continue to stay home when not essential to step outdoors. Stay safe.

Useful contact information for Covid-19

Helpline Number: +91-11-23978046.
Toll Free Number: 1075.
Helpline Email ID: ncov2019@gov.in.
List of Covid-19 Facilities in States and Union Territories of India: https://www.mohfw.gov.in./pdf/StatewiseCovidHospitalslink19062020.pdf.


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Comments

Author: Umesh17 Dec 2020 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 8

This is a very exhaustive, elaborate, and useful information article by the author on the vaccination program in India. The vaccination in India will be a marathon job as such a large population will require it in phases. To control and monitor it, the online mechanism will be required and, thanks to digital technology, such a complex task will be monitored centrally.

As per the information available in news channels, there are two vaccines which are likely to be used in India soon. One is mRNA Covid-19 vaccine by Pfizer and other is Covishield vaccine by Serum Institute. Once these are approved by the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) for use in India, then the vaccination would start in phases. There are some technical problems which are associated with this big challenging work like low-temperature preservation of vaccine and monitoring of the patients after vaccination and availability of proper equipment, monitoring methods at the site of the vaccination, especially in remote and inaccessible areas, etc. There has to be perfect coordination between the medical professionals and technical people to make the process smooth for the people opting for the vaccine.

The students who have completed their certificate and diploma courses in healthcare can take advantage of this situation as so many jobs will be popping up at the time of execution of this ambitious vaccination plan and they should look towards those opportunities near their place and should keep a watch in the local newspapers and employment exchanges for information on such jobs related with vaccination. It might be a temporary job but one should understand that it will be a great experience to learn things in such a professional environment. This type of unique experience will help an individual for future job hunting also and I highly recommend it to eligible persons.



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