CoWIN mobile app has been rolled out by the govt to help people register for COVID-19 vaccination

CoWIN app: A mega Covid-19 vaccination started from January 16 in India. Two Covid-19 vaccines have been approved by the Drug Control General of India (DCGI). Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech are ready to supply vaccines for the first phase of the vaccination which will include frontline workers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched India’s as well as world’s largest Covid-19 vaccination drive against the novel coronavirus. For further vaccination process, the central government has introduced an application named CoWIN (Covid Vaccine Intelligence Work). In India, there will be shots to three crore frontline workers in phase one.

Covid-19 Vaccine
Covid-19 Vaccine

There are 3,006 session sites across the country, where 100 beneficiaries each will be given either of India’s two indigenous vaccines, Covaxin or Covishield. Every beneficiary will need to receive two doses of the same vaccine, 28 days apart.

Covid-19 Vaccination
Covid-19 Vaccination

World’s largest Covid-19 vaccination drive

CoWIN app download

First of all, the CoWIN app is not functional yet and if you have downloaded any app from Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store, it is not going to work. You should refrain from downloading such apps or provide them access to your personal data.

CoWIN app availability

The application is currently in the pre-product stage. It has the data of health officials who will be first in line to get the vaccination. Over 75 lakh health officials have registered for it already.

Here’s how you can register on Co-Win app

How to register
Currently, common people cannot register for the upcoming vaccine for the coronavirus pandemic as only officials have access to it for now. Once the app is up and running, it will have four modules — User administrator module, beneficiary registration, vaccination and beneficiary acknowledgment, and status updation.

Once live, the CoWIN app or website will give three options for registration including self-registration, individual registration, and bulk upload. The logistics of it have not yet been revealed. Maybe the government will organise camps where people can go and officials will get them registered for the vaccine. In addition, surveyors and district administrators will also be able to register multiple beneficiaries. Steps below,

Covid-19 vaccination process

  1. Candidate registers on Co-Win app and receives an SMS with time and date of vaccination
  2. Candidate reaches the vaccination site and shows the SMS to vaccination officer
  3. Vaccination officer scans ID of the candidate
  4. Candidate’s details on Co-Win app are verified using OTP received via SMS
  5. Candidate is vaccinated and vaccination officer updates data on Co-Win app
  6. Candidate gets another SMS and OTP with details of appointment for second dose
  7. Recipient to be observed for 30 minutes for any allergic reaction

Documents needed and cost
People will need to upload a photo identity in order to register. It can be an Aadhar Card, Driving License, PAN Card, and others. Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has announced that the vaccination will be free for frontline workers. The cost to the general public has not been announced yet.

It should be noted that the Co-Win application is still in beta mode and is yet to be rolled out on Google’s Play Store, Apple’s App Store or anywhere.

Reportedly, it has the data of health officials who will be first in line to get the vaccination. Over 75 lakh health officials have registered for it already.


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