COVID-19 Vaccine: Centre guides States, UTs on Co-WIN management


New Delhi: The Centre is geared up to a nationwide roll-out of COVID-19 vaccine in close collaboration with States/UTs and all stakeholders.

The MoHFW on Sunday held a Video Conferencing with administrators from States and UTs on the CoWIN software. This software is the backbone of immaculate vaccine administration.

The meeting was chaired by Ram Sewak Sharma, Chairman of Empowered Group on Technology and Data Management to combat COVID-19 and member, National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration of COVID-19.

The meeting was attended by the State Principal Secretaries, NHM Mission Directors, and State Immunisation officers and senior officers of the Health Ministry.

Sharma gave an overall view of the Co-WIN software and the principles that shall underpin the technology back-up for the vaccination exercise. This is an unprecedented scale of immunization, he pointed out.

He said that the process should be citizen-centric and built on the approach that the vaccine shall be available anytime and anywhere. He stressed on the need to be flexible without compromising on quality.

The States were urged that the beneficiaries to seed their current mobile number with Aadhaar for registration and consequent communication through SMS. There cannot be any proxies for Aadhaar authentication.

It is extremely important to clearly identify person who is getting vaccinated and keep a digital record on who gets vaccinated by whom, when and which vaccine. The data collection should meet the purpose of facilitating work and that needs to be validated at the field levels.

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