Covid vaccination: Authorities cautions on proxy beneficiaries

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 10

Preparations are in full swing for the January 16 rollout of the Covid vaccination drive with the Centre fine-tuning jab delivery platform Co-WIN with the states today.

The Co-WIN meet came ahead of tomorrow’s virtual discussion between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Ministers on the nuances of the world’s largest vaccination drive in India.

No new mutant case

The number of UK returnees with the mutant virus stands at 90 with no new additions over 24 hours, the Centre said. India’s daily deaths have remained below 300 for 16 days, taking the fatality rate to 1.44 per cent.

In today’s digital meeting, the Centre described Co-WIN software as the backbone of the last mile vaccine administration and warned states against proxy beneficiaries.

Chaired by Ram Sewak Sharma, Chairman of Empowered Group on Technology and Data Management to combat Covid-19, the meeting engaged state Principal Secretaries on software challenges.

“Co-WIN is a dependable and agile technology that will form the foundation and back-up for India’s Covid-19 vaccination, the world’s largest immunisation exercise,” Sharma said, urging the process to be built on approaches that the vaccine will be available anytime and anywhere.

States should urge beneficiaries to seed their current mobile number with Aadhaar for registration and consequent communication through SMS, he said.

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