COVID-19 vaccination: India crosses five crore mark; those above 45 years can register themselves on Co-WiN portal from April 1
The COVID-19 vaccination drive is going on in the country for healthcare workers, frontline workers, senior citizens and those aged 45 to 59 years with specified 20 comorbidities.
The rate of vaccination coverage has subsequently increased, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey said in a written reply.
The vaccination drive for those over 60 years of age and within the age bracket of 45-60 years with specified comorbidities began on March 1.
The portal developed a glitch soon after the process for vaccination began after 9 AM, forcing many senior citizens who had gathered at the hospitals to take the first dose to leave.
This was clarified by the ministry amid reported glitches in doing registrations as India opened up vaccination for senior citizens and those aged 45 and above with comorbidities.
Sister P Niveda, from Puducherry, administered the made-in-India COVAXIN (Bharat BioTech) to PM Modi.
Citizens will be able to register and book an appointment for vaccination, anytime and anywhere, using the Co-WIN 2.0 portal or through other IT applications such as Arogya Setu.
There will also be a walk-in provision for the beneficiaries to get themselves registered at the session sites, the government said on Thursday.
Health workers in the district have expressed their concerns over the technical glitches and closure of the Co-WIN app as the first phase of the vaccination drive comes to a close.
The District Medical Office (DMO) has sought an extension from the state government for the completion of the first phase of the Covid-19 vaccination drive.
App glitches continue to affect Mumbai vaccination drive; fall in number of recipients in Aurangabad
In view of the technical glitches, the BMC has decided to allow 'walk in' vaccination for the registered healthcare workers.
Public Health Department Principal Secretary Pradeep Vyas said no serious adverse reaction of the vaccine was reported in the state and added the inoculation drive will be conducted on Wednesday, too.
Though the government had promised to set right technical problems with the Co-WIN portal from Monday, issues with the software continued to affect the Covid vaccination drive.
The Maharashtra government on Saturday evening announced suspension of the COVID-19 vaccination drive in the state till Monday owing to problems in the software application.
The vaccination drive to combat Covid-19 began at 133 designated centres in the state on Saturday, marking the beginning of an effort to immunise more than three crore people.