Bengaluru: Why hospitals insist on Aadhaar to register citizens for vaccination | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Though rules say vaccine-seeking citizens can show any document from the list of approved identity cards, many hospitals refuse to accept the passport or voter ID and demand Aadhaar.
They say uploading details from documents other than Aadhaar on the Co-Win portal is laborious and time-consuming.
Several hospitals, including private establishments with vaccine registration centres, say their main goals, apart from administering the shots, are preventing process-related delays and crowding.
According to Dr HM Prasanna, the president of the Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes’ Association (PHANA), registration and OPT generation for vaccination through documents other than Aadhaar take 10 to 15 minutes. Plus, the person’s photo has to be clicked at the site. In the case of Aadhaar, a separate photo is not needed.
“We have seen that the OTP generation for other ID cards takes longer. This is a sheer waste of time for people waiting at the registration counter. This may be a glitch in the Co-Win portal. That’s the reason Aadhaar is preferred,” he told STOI.
Apart from Aadhaar, the documents one can use for registration are: driving licence, health insurance smart card issued by the ministry of labour, MGNREGA job card, PAN card, passbook issued by bank/post office, passport, pension document, government service ID and voter ID. People who don’t want to provide Aadhaar at the vaccination centre can self-register using any other identity proof. Self-registration will help the staff save time.
“But a photo will be taken at the centre if the person provides any document other than Aadhaar,” said Dr Prasanna.
A BBMP medical officer also said that OTP generation on Co-Win was relatively faster with Aadhaar. “The majority of the eligible people who visit government primary health centres request spot registration. As we have to register them, we prefer Aadhaar to other identity documents,” the officer said.
Dr BK Vijendra, chief health officer (public health), BBMP, said that Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory for vaccination. “People can use any government-issued identity card. No one can insist on Aadhaar alone. If it happens, citizens must bring it to the notice of BBMP nodal officers,” he said.
While Dr Vijendra says BBMP nodal officers are present at every vaccination centre, representatives of multiple hospitals told STOI that the ground reality is different.

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