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New Delhi: The Co-Win website, the backbone of the covid vaccination programme, has seen over 5 million registrations in the past two days, government officials said on Tuesday. The number is expe-cted to exceed 10 million soon.

The health ministry clarified that the platform did not face any issues despite people complaining about some technical glitches on the first day of the second phase of the mass inoculation drive on Monday.

“This happened since people were trying to use some app that looked similar to Co-Win. However, it has been clarified that there are no such apps for vaccination. People can straightaway register through the Aarogya Setu app or Co-Win website. There were no glitches in the system," said R.S. Sharma, chairperson of the empowered group of covid vaccination.

“We have been watching it closely and we are aware of the fact that the portal has to be hugely scalable. There is no issue on scalability. Every step is taken to ensure smooth functioning of the portal, which may have one-sixth of the world’s population registered for vaccination," he said.

Sharma said for the second phase, the government has set up a framework to help beneficiaries register voluntarily on the Aarogya Setu app, which has an extension for Co-Win, or register on the Co-Win portal https://www.cowin.gov.in/. To register, the beneficiary must enter his or her mobile number, and once the OTP is keyed in, one must enter the details of the beneficiary to register for vaccination. Up to four beneficiaries can be included using one number.

Citizens can also schedule an appointment and choose from a list of hospitals in one’s locality based on the available time slot for vaccination. “There is also flexibility to choose different time slots for different members, that is, reservation can be made for all four members together or on different dates based on their convenience," said Sharma.

“There is also flexibility to change, cancel or reschedule reservations for the jab. Once you take the first jab, the second jab is also scheduled automatically at the same site. This is so because one type of vaccine is being used at one hospital (to ensure continuity)."

People above 60 years need to submit only one document to prove their identity and age; and for people between 45 and 60 years with comorbidities, a certificate from a registered medical practitioner must be uploaded on the system.

“Every detail of vaccination is recorded in real time at the backend with details of which person, what vaccine, when and by whom the vaccine was administered. On receiving the second dose, everyone gets a printout of the final certificate with a digital signature," said Sharma. It is uploaded on the Aarogya Setu app and the beneficiary’s DigiLocker account for convenience.

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