Those above 50, who are in the third priority group to get vaccinated for COVID infection in the upcoming phase of inoculation, can self-register on the government’s Co-WIN platform and choose the date and site where they would like to get the jab.
The vaccination process started last month during which only health workers and frontline workers were given the shot. In the second phase of the process, those aged 50 and above and those with comorbidities are to be the target group.
In a high-level meeting on Wednesday, a detailed discussion took place on the version 2 of of Co-WIN app that will be used for self-registration by this 27 crore-strong priority group, according to The Indian Express.
The report quoted government sources as saying that Co-WIN 2.0 will allow people to self-register and also programme managers to access electoral data. The facts and data will be cross-checked with the electoral roll. On the app, beneficiaries will also have the option of choosing the date and site of vaccination, sources said.
The vaccination sites will be GPS-coordinate-embedded in Co-WIN system which will help beneficiaries find their nearest site, and whether it is a public or private hospital. They can decide if they want to take the vaccine somewhere else where they think will have better facility. Besides, the app will show available slots on the particular day.
According to sources cited in the report, the app will also provide the option to update the beneficiary’s age to make them eligible for the latest vaccination phase. They said that the Co-WIN 2.0 will enable the district magistrate access electoral roll data to cross-check the beneficiary’s claim.
Further, vaccination sites will be increased and updated on the new version of the platform. There will be “four-to-five times” more number of sites in the next phase, said the sources, adding that from the current 8,000-10,000 sites, it’ll be increased to 40,000-50,000.