With India all set to kick-off its coronavirus vaccination drive, the govt is planning to launch an app which will help users pre-register for the vaccine. But, the twist in the tale is that the app is still not live and fake Co-WIN apps are flooding the app stores. The govt had announced an app called Co-WIN, which is currently in its pre-production stage, for carrying out the Covid-19 vaccination process. The Union Health Ministry cautioned people against downloading and sharing personal information on some apps named Co-WIN, that sound similar to the upcoming official platform of the government.
Do not download fake Co-WIN apps
“Some apps named ‘Co-WIN’ apparently created by unscrupulous elements to sound similar to the upcoming official platform of Government, are on App stores. DO NOT download or share personal information on these. MoHFW Official platform will be adequately publicised on its launch,” the Union Health ministry tweeted.
The Co-WIN (COVID Vaccine Intelligence Network) app will be used to manage and scale up the massive vaccination drive amid the pandemic. It is almost in its final stages of implementation and hasn’t gone live on Google play store or any other app store.
Meanwhile, states and UTs have collected data of healthcare and frontline workers who would be administered vaccine for Covid-19 on a priority basis.
The health ministry had earlier at a press conference stated that “there will be five modules in Co-WIN app — Administrator module, registration module, vaccination module, beneficiary acknowledgement module and report module.”
Among the various features, the Co-WIN app includes automated session allocation, the health ministry had said. Other features include SMS in 12 languages, which will be sent to guide those waiting to get vaccinated. A QR code-based vaccination certificate will be issued after the doses are complete and people can store it on their mobile phone.
On 3 January, the Drug Control General of India approved two COVID-19 vaccines for an emergency- Covishield and Covaxin.
On 23 December, IT Minister Ravi Shankar announced a challenge to strengthen the system that will be used to scale up the mechanism for COVID Vaccine Distribution System, nationally. The challenge will go on till 15 January 2021, and the top 5 applicants will be provided with the Co-WIN APIs (Application Programming Interface) The top contestants will also win a cash prize of Rs 40 lakh and Rs 20 lakh.