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CoWIN app not for general public, use web portal for vaccine registration: Health ministry

The CoWIN app is not for the general public. Instead, the app, part of the overall CoWIN ecosystem, which is available on Google's Play store is only for administrators. Beneficiaries are supposed to visit the CoWIN portal (cowin.gov.in) to register themselves for COVID-19 vaccines, announced the Health Ministry. https://twitter.com/MoHFW_INDIA/status/1366263127336247299?s=20 Massive miscommunication In what can presumably be considered a major case of miscommunication, the Health ministry has waited till the day the COVID-19 vaccine is being made available to people over 60 and 45 (those with co-morbidities), to make this clarification. Multiple mainstream media organisations have so far reported that the upgraded version of the app will allow beneficiaries to register themselves (examples: Moneycontrol; News18, Pune Mirror, Telangana Today, Hindustan Times, Republic World, The New Indian Express, Business Today and many others). In the New Indian Express report, for instance, a government hospital superintendent told the publication that beneficiaries could start registering themselves on the CoWIN app from Monday.  (Disclosure: MediaNama had also reported along similar lines on Friday; the post has been the updated with the latest information) RS Sharma, chair of the Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration and head of the CoWIN effort, has also contributed to some of the confusion. In an interview to Mirror Now last week, Sharma was asked how the "CoWIN app" was ready to allow a larger part of the population to vaccinate themselves: Sharma, instead of immediately clarifying that the app itself won't be open to the public, only said that the "paradigm" of the vaccine effort…

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