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Now you can add passport details on COVID vaccination certificate via CoWin app: here's how to do it

If your personal details on the certificate and the passport don't match, you can request for correction as well on the website.

June 26, 2021 / 07:55 PM IST
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With international travellers facing difficulty, the Union Health Ministry's CoWin portal has started enabling users to link their COVID-19 vaccination certificates to passports.

The Aarogya Setu app also shared the process for updating or correcting passport details in the certificates. "Now, you can update your passport number in your vaccination certificate," the government said.

CoWin platform is scalable, can take up to 2 crore vaccinations a day, momentum here to stay: RS Sharma


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How does a vaccine work?

A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.

How many types of vaccines are there?

There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.

What does it take to develop a vaccine of this kind?

Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.

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Apart from sharing the above details, the guidelines to update or correct passport details in coronavirus vaccination certificates were shared online.

Here's how to link your passport to your vaccination certificate:

1) Open the official portal of CoWin —
2) Log in with your credentials.
3) Select the 'Raise an issue' option.
4) Click on the 'Passport' option and select the person, whose certificate you want to link, from the drop-down menu.
5) Enter passport number.

6) Submit the details.

The user will receive the new updated certificate 'in seconds', once the process is complete.

If your personal details on the certificate and the passport don't match, you can request for correction as well on the website.

Here's how to edit personal details:

1) Go to the official portal of CoWin --
2) Select the 'Raise an issue' option.
3) Click on the 'Correction in certificate' option and select the person, whose details the user want to change, from the drop-down menu.
4) Click on the options you need to make corrections and edit the details.

5) Click on submit.

It is to be noted that entering a passport number and requesting a name change can only be done once.

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