INDIAN GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES ‘CO-WIN’ MOBILE APP FOR CITIZENS TO REGISTER FOR COVID-19 VACCINE

The Union Health Ministry has developed a digital platform, including a mobile application, for real-time monitoring of COVID-19 vaccine delivery, recording data, and to enable people to get themselves registered for vaccination.

Addressing a press meet on Tuesday, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said the platform, Co-WIN, will help monitor the entire vaccination process.

Here’s all that we know so far about the Co-WIN mobile application, as provided by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare:

• The Co-WIN digital platform includes a free downloadable mobile application that can help record vaccine data.

• One can register themselves on it if they want the vaccine. There are five modules in the Co-WIN app — administrator module, registration module, vaccination module, beneficiary acknowledgement module and report module.

• The administrator module is for the administrators who will be conducting these vaccination sessions. Through these modules, they can create sessions, and the respective vaccinators and managers will be notified.

• The registration module is for people to get registered for vaccination. It will upload bulk data on co-morbidity provided by local authorities or by surveyors.

• The vaccination module will verify beneficiary details and update vaccination status. At the same time, the beneficiary acknowledgement module will send SMS to beneficiaries and generate QR-based certificates after one gets vaccinated.

• The report module will prepare reports of how many vaccine sessions have been conducted, how many people have attended those, and how many people have dropped out.

• The mobile application will also send real-time data of the temperature of the cold-storage facilities to the main server.

Meanwhile, to augment the cold-chain requirement for the storage of COVID-19 vaccine, the Union Health Ministry, in consultation with states/Union Territories, has assessed the additional requirement for cold-chain storage facilities like walk-in coolers, walk-in freezers, deep freezers and ice-lined refrigerators.

Presently, the cold-chain system consists of 85,634 equipment for the storage of vaccine at about 28,947 cold chain points across the country.

The current cold-chain can store additional quantities of COVID-19 vaccine required for the first 3 crore healthcare workers and front-line workers.

There are six COVID-19 vaccine candidates in different clinical trial stages being developed by various manufacturers in India.

Besides this, three COVID-19 vaccine candidates are in the pre-clinical stage, of which one of the coronavirus vaccine candidates is in the pre-development stage being researched by Aurobindo Pharma.

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