The first day of vaccination
for senior citizens and those aged over 45 with comorbidities got off to a slow start, with beneficiaries reporting glitches in the CoWIN platform. Hospitals, too, complained that there were issues with the software that made uploading data extremely slow.
Senior citizens, both registered and unregistered, queued up for the vaccine shot at private hospitals from the morning. Lack of exact time slots on the CoWIN portal meant beneficiaries ended up crowding outside many vaccination
The health ministry has clarified that states have been given some relaxation. “In the next few days, the walk-in system will be streamlined, a provision is in place for this. A certain number of people can go to the centre after taking an appointment,” Vardhan said.
As more vaccination centres get added and glitches are resolved, states expect an increase in vaccination. “We will do it slowly and steadily so that everyone gets the slot,” said Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendra Jain.
Serum Institute of India’s Adar Poonawalla said in a tweet, “Great to see [PM Modi] leading from the front [and] getting vaccinated. In the interest of protecting our nation, I would urge the public to get vaccinated at the earliest, whether it be (Serum Institute’s) vaccines or any of the other vaccines being developed in India.”
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