Phase 3 vaccinations: Over 80 lakh people register in first 3 hrs

Vaccination for people in 18-44 age group will begin on May 1
Coronavirus Vaccination Drive

As the registration of all citizens above 18 years of age for vaccination against COVID-19 started on the CoWIN portal at 4 pm on Wednesday, more than 80 lakh people have applied for inoculation in the first three hours. The vaccination for people in the age group of 18-44 is scheduled to begin on May 1.

According to health ministry, the CoWIN site has received 383 million API hits between 4 pm and 7 pm— initially as high as 2.7 million hits per minute. As many as 1.45 crore SMSs were successfully delivered, it said.

The ministry dismissed media reports that the Co-WIN platform was unresponsive or overshooting the server capacity and was not able to respond to the unprecedented number of registrations taking place.

“It is clarified that the media reports that the server has crashed are incorrect and are without any basis. The server supporting the Co-Win digital portal continues to work smoothly at its highest efficiency. People are registering on the platform, mostly of age-group 18-44. It witnessed more than 80 lakh people registered themselves on the portal, with 3 hours from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm,” the ministry said in a statement.

It said the capacity of the servers and other parameters have been ramped up to match the unprecedented scale of immunization. “Inclusivity, speed and scalability have been kept in mind while designing the unique digital platform with all components being portable, synchronous without excessive and unnecessary dependencies,” it further said.

Earlier, many people had taken to social media to complain about the technical problems they faced while trying to register themselves for the third phase of the inoculation drive.

Registration for the newly-eligible category for COVID-19 vaccination is possible only 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 18 and 44 years as walk-ins will not be allowed initially, officials had said.

Those above 45 years of age can still avail the facility of on-site registration to get vaccinated, they had said.

As India witnesses a surge in coronavirus cases, it has decided to allow all citizens above 18 years of age to get vaccinated from May 1.

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