Co-WIN app: Documents and steps required for COVID-19 vaccine registration

The Drug Control General of India (DCGI) has approved two COVID-19 vaccines for restricted emergency use.

After getting final approval, the drug makers, Serum Institute of India and Bharat Biotech, are now preparing themselves to deliver the doses for the first phase of the vaccination. People above 50 years of age have been prioritized below the frontline workers in the vaccine distribution list.

And for the vaccination of others in the country, the government has introduced an IT platform Co-WIN (Covid Vaccine Intelligence Work). On December 23, 2020, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad announced cash prizes of Rs 40 and 20 lakh for strengthening the platform.

Is Co-WIN now functional? 

The Co-WIN app is in the pre-product stage. It is not working. You are advised not to download any app and give them access to your personal details. The Co-WIN has the details of the frontline workers.

Steps to register

Only officials can access this application. Access to the platform is not open for the common people. The app will contain four modules when it begins to work.  After this app goes live, the user can register themselves under self-registration, individual registration, and bulk upload.

The logistic details have not yet been shared by the government. The COVID-19 vaccine may be distributed at the camps being planned by the government across the country. Apart from Co-WIN, the surveyor and district administration will also register beneficiaries for the vaccine distribution.

Document and cost

Anyone who wants to get the vaccine will require to upload a photo identity for registration. An Aadhar Card, Driving License, and PAN Card can be used as the photo identity document. The vaccine will be given free to every frontline worker, an announcement made by the Union Health Minister Dr. Harshvardhan. For others, the government is yet to announce its cost.