CoWin app, which is the official COVID-19 vaccination registration app in India, has now received new updates to ensure smooth delivery of the vaccination in India, the Ministry of Health Affairs announced in a media briefing on the status of the vaccination drive in India. This announcement has been made after reports of the CoWin software suffering glitches during the first phase of the vaccination that was started on 16 January 2021 surfaced.
Some of the problems that were reported on the CoWin app from several cities across the country are that registered beneficiaries failed to receive prior intimation on attending centres to receive the vaccination and other major glitches that even slowed down the process of delivering vaccines. The Ministry of Health Affairs has now, however, introduced new features and updates seemingly to help overcome these problems.
New Updates Added to the CoWin App
Among the enhancements added in the CoWin app is a new feature called “Allot Beneficiary” in an ongoing session that aims at achieving the following objectives:
- To allow a maximum possible number of beneficiaries per session and have better coverage.
- The pre-registered beneficiary in the database can be added to the session as an additional beneficiary over and above the scheduled number of beneficiaries.
- Henceforth, suppose the name of a beneficiary cannot be found on the CoWin app, it can also be searched using their registered phone number.
- After the beneficiary has received the first dose of vaccination, they will receive a provisional certificate, and after the final dose is administered, they will receive the final certificate on the CoWin app.
As of now, there is no self-registration option available on the CoWin app, but is expected to be made available to the public in March 2021. The app will also disburse real-time information on the vaccine stock, storage temperature and individual status of the beneficiaries and will also provide details on helplines to address queries.