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CoWIN: Issues of safety & accessibility explained | BOOM | Covid Vaccine In India

May 31, 2021 18:15 IST

The CoWin portal is meant to make it easier for users to reach hospitals and vaccination centres, but there have been concerns about availability of vaccines, accessibility of the portal for the millions of Indians without smartphones and internet access, as well as about the safety of vaccination data. BOOM Explains more on covid vaccine accessibility in India.

Ram Sewak Sharma, CEO of the National Health Authority under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare says, in order to ensure that the vaccine certificate is compliant with international standards, we have utilised what is called FHIR -- fast healthcare interoperability resources -- of WHO standard. Hopefully, it will be recognised throughout the world for international travel. You can just show it on your mobile like you show your air ticket on the mobile and it cannot be fudged because the QR code on each certificate is verified.

He also agrees that any digital system, if it is not inclusive, is useless. For this reason, a call centre operated by NHA has the toll-free number 1075, through which you will be able to book the vaccination slots and also do the registration.

Watch BOOM's Govindraj Ethiraj speak with Ram Sewak Sharma on vaccine registration process on cowin portal, vaccine distribution, and internet and platform accessibility for Covid-19 vaccine on Cowin portal.

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