The Indian government has already announced that the two Covid-19 vaccines. The vaccines have been approved for a restricted emergency usage by the Drug Control General of India (DCGI). The vaccines developed by Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech have been offered for access to the frontline worker followed by the people who are over 50 years old.
However, the further vaccination process will be managed and handled through an application labeled CoWIN or COVID-19 Vaccine Intelligence Work.
What is CoWIN App?
The CoWIN app is a digitised platform that has been designed for an efficient and effective roll-out of the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution system. The app has been developed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) along with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).
CoWIN is an upgraded version of the eVin app which was used for effectively rolling out the regular vaccination programme. The upgraded version of the app has been intended for scaling up the distribution mechanism of the COVID Vaccine distribution on a national level.
The government has stated that the CoWIN app will have five different modules – Administrator module, Registration module, Vaccination module, Beneficiary Acknowledgement module, and Report module.
The application is still under development and as of now in the pre-product stage. As of now, the app cannot be accessed by the general public, and no one can register on the app for vaccination. The app is not currently available. Once it has been launched, the app will be made available for download on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
Administrator Mode – Administrators will be liable for tracking the registrations and creating sessions.
Registration Module – If you are not a frontline worker or a healthcare worker, you can register on the registration module.
Vaccination module – This module updates the vaccination status. This is used for verifying the details of the beneficiary.
Beneficiary acknowledgement module –The module sends an SMS to the beneficiaries and generates QR codes once they are given the doses.
Report module – The Report module prepares a report of how many vaccinations have been completed. It provides you with an information on how many of the people have been vaccinated and how many of them have dropped out.
How to register yourself on CoWIN app?
The first step in registering yourself on the CoWIN app is to download the app on your phone. Please note that the app is not made available for download as of now and will only be available once it is developed to the full extent. If you come across any of the apps that claim to be made available for CoWIN registration, do note that they are fake.
Once the app has been downloaded, you would need to have access to your photo identity cards and documentation for registration purposes.
The brief procedure for the registration would be on the following lines, while the actual procedure will be announced later.
- Download the application from your respective app store.
- Upload your identity documentation on the application.
- You can either authenticate through your Aadhaar document or even consider uploading a government photo identity card.
- The authentication can be done through biometrics, OTP and demographics.
- Once that done, you will be given a date and time for the vaccination.
You will also get an SMS alert for the date and time for the vaccination. In case you are not able to reach at the allotted time for the vaccination, you can consider rescheduling your vaccination.
When can you get COVID vaccination?
The first two phases of the COVID vaccination will be limited to the frontline workers. The next phase will cover the people at the age of 50 years and above. People with the co-morbidity will be given the preference at this stage.
The fourth stage will cover the people at the age of 50 and above with no health issues. The last phase will over the general public with no health issues.
The Documents needed for registering to CoWIN app
The CoWIN app needs you to upload a photo identity card for registering yourself on the CoWIN app. There are several documents that are supported for registration. You can make use of any of the documents for registering yourself on the CoWIN app.
Some of the documents supported on the platform include Aadhar Card, Driving License, PAN Card and even a few other supported documents.
You can get access to the app through the official website when it is launched. As things stand as of now, there are no ways to register yourself as of now, even on the website. When the service is officially launched, you can get access to the options to register yourself and create an account.