Watch: Testing times: CoWIN app fails in dry run across Bengaluru

Issues in app force officials to register names manually

Adry run to check the efficacy of the CoWIN app, the official app by the Government of India to register for the covid vaccine, did not go as planned with the app developing technical issues.

The dry run was carried out in all the eight zones of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), and in some private hospitals too.

At many centres, participants were not able to open the app. “The participants could not even log in to access the app. The OTP required to submit the password could not be generated. Since we were running out of time, we took down the names of the participants manually,” said a health official.

Another official said that they were happy with the turnout. “In our centre, around 25 participants were entlised and all of them turned up,” said another official.

During the first dry run held at a few centres last week, many were hesitant to participate. Officials who participated in Friday’s dry run want the Centre to take note of the app’s technical problems. “Thankfully, it was a dry run and not an actual one. When inoculation begins, we believe there may be a rush of beneficiaries. The whole process will be based on reg istration of beneficiaries and each of them will be given an appointment at a health facility to get the vaccine. If we face any app issues, we may not be in a position to vaccinate a beneficiary on that day. If that day is missed, we won’t know when he/she will get their turn again since there will be a long queue of beneficiaries who have already been given an appointment. This issue needs to be fixed at the earliest.”


A dry run being carried out at a community health centre in Kengeri on Friday. Overall, the vaccination dry run was conducted at 263 places across Karnataka

During the run, the vaccinators were taught how to avoid a mismatch. A health offficial said, “There is no clarity on how many vaccines we will receive. We may receive vaccines from more than one company. In such a case, it is important that the beneficiary receives both the doses of the same vaccine.” Overall, the vaccination dry run was conducted at 263 places across the state. Earlier, it was planned at three locations in each district. But the state government then decided to conduct vaccination at seven locations in each district. This dry run was held at 24 district hospitals, 20 medical colleges, 43 taluk hospitals, 31 community health centres, 87 primary health centres, 30 urban primary health care centres and 28 private health centres across the state.

So far, 6.30 lakh healthcare workers (including 1.67 lakh in Bengaluru) serving in both the government and private sector have registered for vaccination and the window for registration is still open. Central government is providing 1 crore vaccines to all states. Police, health workers, defence personnel and frontline warriors will get the vaccine on priority in the first phase.

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