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CoWin server down as COVID-19 vaccine registration opens for above 18 yrs

CoWin server crashed soon after registration for COVID-19 vaccination opened for those above 18 years of age at 4 pm.

twitter-logoBusinessToday.In | April 28, 2021 | Updated 17:25 IST
CoWin server down as COVID-19 vaccine registration opens for above 18 yrs
Many users complained that they were not able to schedule appointment after registering as appointments were available only for those above 45 years of age.

As registration for COVID-19 vaccination began for those above 18 years at 4 pm on Wednesday, many users complained that CoWin server was down and they were not able to register.

Many users couldn't get one-time password (OTP) for proceeding ahead with the registration process. People took to Twitter to share their experience with the registration process.

Meanwhile, many users complained that they were not able to schedule appointment after registering through CoWin portal as appointments were available only for those above 45 years of age.

The government, through the Twitter handle of Aarogya Setu app, clarified that those below 45 years of age would be able to book appointments after state governments and private vaccination centres schedule vaccination sessions.

As India battles the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, the government has announced that everyone above the age of 18 years would be eligible to get the vaccination against the virus from May 1.

Under the phase III of the vaccination programme, vaccine manufacturers have been permitted to release up to 50 per cent of their supply to state governments and in the open market at a pre-declared price. States have also been empowered to procure additional vaccine doses directly from the manufacturers, as well as open up vaccination to any category of people above the age of 18 years for the same.

Serum Institute of India has said it will offer its vaccine, Covishield, to state governments at Rs 400 per dose and to private hospitals at Rs 600 per dose. Meanwhile, Bharat Biotech has pegged price for its Covaxin at Rs 600 per dose for state government, Rs 1,200 per dose for private hospitals, and $15-20 for export.

The central government has asked both the manufacturers to lower the prices for their vaccines.

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