States/UT called for ensuring that no proxies receive the COVID-19 vaccine


Detailed feedback from the states/UTs on the Co-WIN software and their experience of its use during the recently conducted dry runs was received by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW).

Chairing the meeting, Shri Ram Sewak Sharma, Chairman of the Empowered Group on Technology and Data Management to Combat COVID-19 and Member of the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration, COVID-19, pointed out that it is extremely necessary to recognise clearly who is being vaccinated and to keep a digital record of who, when and which vaccine is being vaccinated. He also advised states and UTs that the collection of data should fulfil the objective of facilitating work and that confirmation should be needed.

He also critically emphasised the vigilance that needs to be exercised to ensure that there are no proxies at all; he firmly stressed that the beneficiaries need to be uniquely and unequivocally defined.

He advised the states to urge the beneficiaries to seed their current mobile number with Aadhar for registration and subsequent communication via SMS, speaking about the use of the Aadhar platform; there can be no proxies for Aadhar authentication.

The input from the States/UTs regarding the Co-WIN programme and its operational use, originating from the dry runs, was addressed in depth during the meeting. The deliberations included feedback from states/UTs and consequent changes in software/protocols based on those inputs, according to a PIB statement. This included issues such as allocation/planning/time slotting of sessions, allocation of job flow, allocation of vaccinators, sending SMS to vaccinators and beneficiaries, and communication problems.