- On the CoWin portal, over 1.3 crore people have registered for May 1 vaccination drive.
- However, several people have struggled to find a slot for scheduling a jab.
- Centre clarifies that appointments for 18-44 will be available when State Govts & Private Vaccination Centers schedule sessions.
The Co-WIN platform began accepting registrations from those aged 18 to 44 on Wednesday, where more than 10 million people signing up for covid-19 vaccination jab. Aarogya Setu app informing about the numbers posted a tweet which said, “So we close Day 1 with 1.32 crore registrations on http://Cowin.gov.in.”
The tweet further congratulated the CoWin team, “Kudos to Team CoWin for building a truly scalable and robust platform. Handling more than 50000 API calls per second is mammoth!!”
So we close Day 1 with 1.32 Cr Registrations on https://t.co/m37v9yBmah. Kudos to Team CoWin for building a truly scalable and robust platform. Handling more than 50000 API calls per second is mammoth!! #LargestVaccinationDrive @Arogyasetu pic.twitter.com/e3EGbCA6ei— Aarogya Setu ❁ (@Arogyasetu) April 29, 2021
Having said this, the novel signees will be unlikely to receive the COVID vaccinations when they become eligible on the 1st of May, appointments for 18 – 44-year age group will be available when state governments and private vaccination centres schedule sessions.
More than 35 lakhs people registered in the first hour after launch of 18 plus registration on https://t.co/bEkWHZcGso. Appointments for 18-44 will be available when State Govts and Private Vaccination Centers schedule sessions.#VaccineFor18Plus #vaccination— Aarogya Setu ❁ (@Arogyasetu) April 29, 2021
According to the government officials, after one register for the COVID-19 vaccination, those aged 18 to 44 years will need to schedule an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccine jab, as walk-ins would not be permitted at first.
Many people took to social media to express their dissatisfaction with the technical issues they encountered when attempting to register for the third phase of the inoculation drive, which is set to begin on May 1.
The Union Ministry of Health, on the other hand, clarified that media claims that the server had crashed “are incorrect and without any basis.”
“The server that runs the CoWin digital portal continues to operate at peak efficacy. People are registering on the website, the majority of whom are between the ages of 18 and 44. More than 80 lakh people registered on the portal during the three-hour span between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m,” it said.
According to the ministry, the portal received 383 million API hits in the first three hours (4-7 pm), with a peak of 2.7 million hits per minute, and 1.45 crore SMSs were successfully provided.
The ministry, in a statement, said, “These figures show that the machine isn’t crashing or running slowly, and that it’s running smoothly.
“It’s hitting at a rate of 55,000 hits per second and is perfectly stable. Dashboard.cowin.gov.in provides detailed data on registration and vaccinations.”
Serum Institute of India (SII), which manufactures the Oxford University-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine under the brand name Covishield, and Bharat Biotech, which manufactures Covaxin, are the two active Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers in India at the moment.
In recent media interviews, SII CEO Adar Poonawalla stated that the company hopes to start delivering to state government and private hospitals by mid-May.
From May 1, 2021, a liberalised and accelerated Phase 3 strategy for Covid-19 Vaccination will be introduced. Registration for the new population groups became available on April 28 at 4 p.m. The Aarogya Setu app or the CoWINportal (cowin.gov.in) can be used to register potential beneficiaries.