Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandviya informed the nation on Tuesday said that in a bid to make bookings of covid-19 vaccination slots easier, Indians can now book slots for their Covid-19 vaccination through WhatsApp. As of now, Indians are able to book slots through the CoWIN portal, Aarogya Setu app, Umang app, and Paytm. Apart from booking the slots on the internet, people can directly walk in at the vaccination centers and get vaccinated.
In the tweet, Mansukh Mandaviya said, “Paving a new era of citizen convenience, now, book COVID19 vaccine slots easily on your phone within minutes. Send ‘Book Slot’ to MyGovIndia Corona Helpdesk on WhatsApp. Verify OTP and follow the steps. Book today: http://wa.me/919013151515”
The Chief Executive Officer of WhatsApp Inc Will Cathcart also confirmed the partnership and tweeted, “Today we’re partnering with @MoHFW_INDIA and @mygovindia to enable people to make their vaccine appointments via WhatsApp.”
The steps to book vaccination slots by WhatsApp are as follows:
Step 1: Save the MyGov Corona Helpdesk number: 9013151515 or click on this link http://wa.me/919013151515
Step 2: Type “Book Slot” and send it in the chatbox to generate a 6-digit one-time password on the respective mobile phone number. You will then be required to send that OTP on the chat.
Step 3: Users are now required to enter the OTP and then the bot will display the names of individuals that are registered on the CoWIN website with a specific number.
Step 4: Type the number of the user for whom you want to book a vaccination slot and then type “Search by Pincode.” The bot will then ask you whether you want to pay for vaccination or want it for free.
Step 5: You now need to enter your area’s pin code, choose a preferred date and location, based on the pincode and vaccine type, i.e. 1st dose, 2nd dose, Covaxin, Covishield, etc.
The central government has given the facility to download vaccine certificates directly from WhatsApp only ever since August 5th.
According to the recent figures by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare India has vaccinated 58.80 crore citizens till Tuesday and more than 3.29 crore unutilised doses are still available with the States and Union Territories.