Monday, September 27, 2021

Government to issue vaccination certificates via WhatsApp

The Union Health Ministry has introduced a new initiative on Sunday to facilitate citizens to get their vaccination certificates through WhatsApp. People who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 may now receive their vaccination certificate in few seconds through WhatsApp. The process has been simplified as currently, users must enter into the CoWin site to obtain their vaccination certificate.

About Vaccination Certificate

When a person receives the first dose of the COVID vaccine, the government issues a vaccination certificate that confirms a person has been inoculated. This is given immediately after the person receives the first jab. The certificate contains all the basic details of the beneficiary like name, age, gender, and also all the details of vaccination. Under the vaccination details, one can find the data like vaccine name, date of receiving the first dose, the next due date, location at which the person was vaccinated, and by whom.

As the Covid-19 vaccination certificate emerges as an important document for domestic and international travel, the central government has earlier introduced the feature that will enable the beneficiaries to correct errors in their name, birth year, and gender printed on the Co-Win vaccination certificate.

Here’s how you can request a change in the certificate through CoWin:

1. Visit the official website of CoWin i.e. https://www.cowin.gov.in/
2. Go to your account on Cowin.gov.in.
3.Select raise an issue under your account details.
4. Select correction in the certificate.
5. Select the field in which you want to make corrections.
The option for correction is for only one time.

So if you have received the dose, the next thing you need to do is to download the vaccine certificate.

Steps to download the Covid-19 vaccination certificate.

Step 1: Visit the official website of CoWin i.e. https://www.cowin.gov.in/
Step 2: Click on the Sign In/Register button
Step 3: Sign in using your registered mobile number and then enter the one-time password or OTP received on that number.
Step 4: Once you log in, there will be a Certificate tab under your name.
Step 5: Click on the download button to get the soft copy of your vaccination certificate.

About CoWIN

COWIN App is a digital platform developed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to help agencies keep a track of the vaccination program and allow Indian citizens to apply for a Covid-19 vaccine shot. Currently, CoWIN is working as the technological backbone of India’s vaccination drive.

COVID-19 Vaccination Update

On January 16, the countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out with healthcare workers getting inoculated. From May 1, the government has further expanded the vaccination drive to cover everyone above the age of 18. According to the Health Ministry, cumulatively, 50,86,64,759 vaccine doses have been administered through 58,79,068 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am today. 16,11,590 vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours.

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