The process for the COVID-19 vaccine registration opens today for the general public in India. The registration for the vaccination has begun through the CoWIN portal. This is the second phase of the world largest vaccination drive, which is to include the inoculation of citizens above 60 years and comorbidities of over 45 years and above. So those who are eligible need to get themselves registered via the CoWIN portal to get the vaccination at a nearby registered centre. Besides this, the digital mapping and advanced location-based and IoT technologies MapmyIndia have also been integrated into the registration website to deliver this useful nearby vaccine centre search functionality to all.
The registration for the inoculation of the eligible citizen in the country is made through the CoWIN portal. The Government of India has integrated MapMyIndia features into cowin.gov.in, their official Corona vaccination registration portal to guide the people and connect them to their nearby vaccination centres.
Rohan Verma, CEO & Executive Director, MapmyIndia said, “In the fight against COVID, each one of us has a role to play. Since the pandemic entered India, MapmyIndia took upon the task of real-time geospatially mapping all corona related places – testing, treatment and isolation centres as well as containment zones. To make the critical vaccination effort seamless, MapmyIndia has put all the vaccination centres across India on MapmyIndia’s maps. Users can use the MapmyIndia App (mapmyindia.com/move) and Maps portal (maps.mapmyindia.com) to search and find nearby vaccine centres and get directions to them. They can also write reviews and report issues they face there – to help authorities get feedback and take corrective action, where required,”
With the integration of MapmyIndia’s Maps APIs and technologies into the official corona vaccine registration website and app, cowin.gov.in those who will log in will be able to find nearby vaccine centres using the vaccine centre search functionality. For those who are unaware of MapmyIndia, it is a mobile application developed in India as an alternative to Google Maps. It can be downloaded from mapmyindia.com/move or visit maps.mapmyindia.com or cowin.gov.in.
To search for a nearby vaccination centre one needs to enter their current locations or their address or place name or eLoc of the search interest in the search box. The eLoc is the 6-character digital address for any place across India, a precise pin code representing the doorstep of any place. Then click search/vaccination centres and a list of the nearest vaccination centres to you or the location of your interest will appear on your screen. You can click on Get Directions to further get exact turn by turn directions and real-time navigation (based on live traffic congestion and road safety hazards) to that vaccine centre.
The registration process for the COVID-19 vaccine online:
Those eligible citizens to get themselves registered for the COVID-19 may visit the CoWIN online portal or the Aarogya Setu app. Then enter your valid mobile number and you will receive an OTP. Enter OTP to go ahead. After OTP validation a Registration of Vaccination page will appear on your screen. Now you need to enter all your details and also required to upload your Photo ID proof, ID number, and other details. Then you can choose a nearby vaccination centre from the list and select a date based on the availability.
It should be noted that there is no separate app for CoWIN; the registration process needs to be done through the CoWIN website only. Else you can also register through the Aarogya Setu app. All you need to do is launch the app on your device and click on the CoWIN tab on the home screen. Now tap on the Vaccination Registration and enter your phone number and then OTP. After verification, you will be directed to the registration of vaccination page, then follow the above-mentioned steps for the registration.
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