New Delhi: India has expanded its covid-19 vaccination process as the country has begun the second phase of the drive from Monday. In this phase, people above the age of 60 and those aged 45 and above with co morbidities will be administered the vaccine.
Earlier, it was reported that eligible people who want to receive the vaccine shot can register themselves via CoWIN app that is available on Google Play Store. However, now the health ministry has released a statement saying CoWIN is not meant to register for or book covid-19 vaccination. It can only be done through portal, it said. The app is meant for use only by the administrators, it added.
Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network (CoWIN) is the platform developed by the government which will be used later to monitor the vaccination drive.
However, as reported by several users, the CoWIN portal keeps shutting down intermitently while processing the inoculation exercise. The glitch has also led to hours long delay for those who came early for registration on site and even those who self-registered through the portal.
India started its inoculation programme against covid-19 on January 16 with two approved vaccines — Covishield and Covaxin. In the first phase, the country inoculated healthcare as well as frontline workers.
In a bid to instill trust among the general public, PM Modi, 70, was administered the vaccine at AIIMS Delhi.