New Delhi: As India launched the world’s biggest vaccination drive on Saturday, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan informed about the CoWIN platform and asserted that it is mandatory for everyone to be registered at the application, that will be used to monitor the inoculation drive and track the listed beneficiaries for vaccination on a real-time basisAlso Read - Covid or no COVID, Work From Home Policy Stays on Table For Several Companies | Full List

“It is mandatory for beneficiaries to be registered on the CoWIN platform to receive COVID-19 Vaccine. QR Code-based vaccination certificate will only be generated for coronavirus vaccine beneficiaries who are registered on the CoWIN platform”, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said in a tweet.  Also Read - Japanese Man Mistakenly Receives Entire Town's Covid Relief Funds, Spends It All on Online Gambling!

The Covid Vaccine Intelligence Network (CoWIN) will be used by both vaccinators and beneficiaries for the smooth rollout of the vaccination process. It has five modules—administrator module, registration module, vaccination module, beneficiary acknowledgment module, and report module. Also Read - India Reports First Case Of Omicron Subvariant BA.4 in Hyderabad

The application will also provide an option for beneficiaries to self register themselves after uploading identification documents like Aadhaar card, driving licence, PAN and bank passbook, among others.

Follow these steps to register for the vaccine: 

Self-register on the CoWIN Website

Upload government photo identity or do an AADHAAR authentication via biometrics, OTP or demographic.

Date and time will be allocated for vaccination

Only pre-registered beneficiaries will be allowed to proceed for the vaccination.

Why the App is Limited to Health Workers?

As of now, the app can only be accessed by healthcare workers. The government has said that it will help them (health care workers) to feed some data and receive sufficient information about the vaccination.

When general public can download CoWIN? 

CoWIN app is expected to be available to the general public in the form of an online website as well as a mobile application within a month.

A couple of days ago, the Union Health Ministry asked people not to download or register on several fraudulent applications named ‘CoWIN’ which are available on app-stores. “Some apps named ‘CoWIN’ apparently created by unscrupulous elements to sound similar to the upcoming official platform of the government are on app-stores,” the Health Ministry alerted.

“Do not download or share personal information on these. The MoHFW official platform will be adequately publicised on its launch”, it added.