The Centre has clarified the claims that registration for COVID-19 vaccinations can be done through WhatsApp are false and registrations can only be done through the CoWIN portal or Arogya Setu app.
An image claiming that registration for COVID-19 vaccinations can be done through Whatsapp has been circulating on social media. The image tells people to send a message on a given number and their Aadhaar card or any other government ID.
Here's how to register for vaccination?
Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and the National Health Authority (NHA) has already uploaded a user guide for the citizen registration and appointment for vaccination.
-Log on to www.cowin.gov.in
-Enter your mobile number
-Get an OTP to create your account
-Enter the OTP and click on the “Verify" button.
-You will be directed to the registration of the vaccination' page. On this page, there will be an option to choose one photo ID proof.
-Fill in your name, age, gender and upload an identity document
-The page will ask you if you have any comorbidities, which can be answered by simply clicking on 'yes', 'no'.
-If 45+, upload doctor’s certificate as comorbidity proof.
-Once the details are entered for registration, Click on the “Register" button.
-Once the registration is completed; the system will show the “Account Details".
-A citizen can further add three more people linked with this mobile number by clicking on the “Add More" button.
-There will be a button indicating 'Schedule appointment'. Now click on it.
-Search a vaccination centre of choice by state, district, block, and pin code.
-Date and availability will also be displayed.
-Click on the 'book' button.
-On successful completion of booking, you will receive a message. That confirmation details will have to be shown at the vaccination centre.