The Co-WIN and Aarogya Setu apps crashed shortly after the registration for COVID -19 vaccination in the 18-44 age group opened at 4pm today.
The Union government recently announced that citizens between 18 and 44 years would be able to register for the COVID-19 vaccination from 4pm on April 28.
Several users took to social media to report that they were unable to access these apps to register for vaccination. From “Cowin Server is facing issues, please try later”, failure to get OTP in case of Co-WIN website, to timeout errors, “504 Gateway Time-out”, people shared screenshots of the error messages on Twitter and Facebook. THE WEEK could independently confirm the error messages.
The third phase of India’s vaccination drive is to start from May 1.
At 4.35 pm, a tweet from the verified Twitter handle of the Aarogya Setu mobile application said the CoWIN portal is working and that there was a minor glitch at 4 pm, which was fixed.
“Cowin portal is working. There was a minor glitch at 4 pm that was fixed. 18 plus can register,” it said.
At 4.54 pm, a tweet from the same handle stated: “Vaccination appointments for 18 plus will be possible once the state governments and private vaccination centres schedule vaccination sessions. Registration is happening on cowin.gov.in.”
Registration for the newly-eligible category for COVID-19 vaccination is possible through the CoWIN platform and the Aarogya Setu app.
After registration, taking an appointment to get a COVID-19 vaccine jab would be mandatory for those aged between 18and 44 years as walk-ins will not be allowed initially, Union health ministry officials had said.
Those above 45 years can still avail the facility of on-site registration to get vaccinated, they said.
As India witnesses a surge in coronavirus cases, it has decided to allow everyone above 18 to get vaccinated from May 1.
Also, from May 1, the types of anti-coronavirus vaccine and their prices will be displayed on the Co-WIN portal for citizens to make an informed choice at the time of booking an appointment at a private vaccination centre.
While those aged 18 to 44 years will be eligible to receive vaccination on payment from any of the private COVID-19 vaccination centres (CVCs), citizens below 45 years shall also be eligible to receive a jab from a government CVC in a state or Union Territory which decides to lower the minimum cut off age for eligibility.
As provided in the Liberalised Pricing and Accelerated National COVID-19 Vaccination Strategydocument, all priority groups, such as healthcare workers, frontline workers and citizens above aged 45 years or more (as on 01.01.2022), shall continue to be eligible for vaccination free of cost from government CVCs, or on payment from private CVCS.