Union Health Ministry responded to media reports suggesting that even a successful booking on CoWIN for a vaccination slot cannot guarantee a jab. Refuting the reports as “baseless and incorrect”,the ministry said they are not “supported by full information” on the matter.
CoWIN is key to the country’s nationwide vaccination drive against Covid-19. The platform not only facilitates registration and appointment for inoculation but also the beneficiary’s certificate of vaccination.

Availability of slots on CoWIN is based on the vaccination schedule published by either the District Immunization Officer (DIO) or the Session site in charge. Both depend on the availability of vaccines, said the health ministry.

Advising states/UTs to publish vaccination slots based on the availability of doses, the ministry said preference should be given to beneficiaries with online appointments.

‘Vaccination sessions can now be rescheduled’

Referring to incidents of appointments being cancelled, the ministry said this was because of DIOs cancelling sessions owing to shortage of Covid-19 vaccines.

“This definitely caused inconvenience to such beneficiaries who booked their appointments for such vaccination centres/ sessions,” said the health ministry.

It went on to add that a feature has now been made available on CoWIN allowing DIOs to reschedule vaccination sessions instead of cancelling them in case of shortages…Read more>>