Coronavirus vaccine tracking app (CoWIN) will be India’s official vaccine app

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CoWIN, a coronavirus vaccine tracking app is the new digitization platform for the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine. The Indian government has launched a new CoWIN app and scaled up the mechanism for the Covid-19 vaccine distribution system across India. The app, at present, is reported to be in its pre-production stage and has not gone live on Google Play or the App Store.

CoWIN (Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network) will be a centralized digital platform to make the phased-out vaccination process smooth. Union Minister minister Ravi Shankar Prasad even announced a grand challenge asking developers to build up, and strengthen the CoWIN vaccine app for roll out of Covid-19 vaccine distribution program across the nation.

It is reportedly still under development and will roll out in the future. As the central government prepares to deliver the vaccine to frontline workers, details of the app have now popped up. These details have been listed on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare site. The Cowin app is said to come with several modules – Beneficiary registration module for self-registration and individual registration, Administrator Modules for bulk registration, vaccination module for verification of beneficiary details and updates of vaccination status, and beneficiary acknowledgment and status updating module for SMS alert details, issuance of electronic vaccination certificate, and a CoWIN dashboard with all the information including details such as name, age, mobile number, vaccination status, date and time of vaccination, place of vaccination, and name of vaccinator.

As already shared above, users can neither download the CoWIN app from the app stores nor can do the registration on the official website. Only a few users have got access to the platform, and only these users can access the app. After going live, all users shall be able to download the app for free and register themselves for a vaccine.

The government lately approved Oxford Institute’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin vaccines for emergency usage. Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has confirmed that free vaccines will be given to frontline workers. The vaccine cost for the rest of the population is unknown.

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