Glitches in Co-WIN app slows vaccine drive; Calls for long wait times

The vaccination-drive for those aged above 60 and in the age-group of 45-59 years with comorbidities started on March 1. Glitches continued in the Co-WIN campaign for the third consecutive day. People seeking coronavirus vaccines in several parts of the country reported long waiting times. Along with this, some were being turned away because doses had not arrived at centers.

Close to five million registrations took place in 24 hours after the government began accepting sign-ups and appointments. These were from people above 60 and those older than 45 with specific medical conditions.

A private hospital vaccinated close to 250 people on Tuesday but had to turn away several for lack of time. “We came here around 3pm but were told that due to the rush, our turn won’t come before 5pm. Now when we have returned at 5pm, they closed the doors,” said Anita Kapur, 65, who had come from Noida to get the shot at Max Hospital in Saket.

As the vaccine drive has just begun, people might face some difficulties. “It has been just few days since the facility was opened for general population so there will be logistical issues even regarding medicines, but it will all get streamlined in a few days,” said RS Sharma, chairman, empowered group on COVID-19 Vaccination.

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