The CoWIN system is set to introduce a new feature of a 4-digit security code from Saturday, May 8, to minimise data-entry errors about vaccination status that would subsequently reduce
inconvenience caused to users.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), in a statement, said , "It has been noticed in some instances that citizens that had booked their appointment for COVID vaccination through the CoWIN portal, but did not actually go for vaccination on the scheduled date, have received notification through SMS that a vaccine dose has been administered to them." The ministry said that upon examination, it was found that this happened “largely on account of the vaccinator wrongly marking the citizen as vaccinated”.
Further, this feature will only be available for citizens who have made an online booking for a vaccination slot. The 4-digit security code will be printed in the appointment acknowledgement
slip and will not be known to the vaccinator. The appointment acknowledgement slip can be saved and shown from the mobile. The code will also be present in the confirmation SMS sent
to the beneficiary after successful booking of an appointment. The citizens will have to produce the code at the vaccination centre to verify themselves. With the new security code, a person
can only be marked vaccinated once they themselves mention it at the vaccination centre.
The Ministry said that after verification if the beneficiary has been found as eligible, before administering the vaccine dose, the vaccinator will ask for the four-digit code and then enter it in the CoWIN system to correctly record the vaccination status. This will ensure that for those
citizens who have booked an online appointment, the data entries regarding vaccination status of a citizen are recorded correctly.
The 4-digits security code for CoWIN will also be convenient in helping from avoiding impostors and impersonators who are looking to misuse the nationwide vaccination drive for personal, financial gains. To ensure this, the CoWIN portal will print the security code on the vaccination certificate that is automatically generated, which would therefore give users also a way to
cross-verify the authenticity of their certificate.
(Compiled by Baishali Nath and Gaisiam Rongmei)