Covid-19: Technical glitch hits Round 2 of vaccination drive | India News

MUMBAI: The rollout of the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on Monday was marred by a CoWIN glitch making the app not reflect the ‘partially vaccinated’ status of those who took first shot on January 16. Only 25% of the recipients eligible for the second dose could get the shot in Maharashtra while hundreds had to be turned away without vaccination.
In Mumbai, only 4% got the second dose of the 1,926 eligible. Officials said the software didn’t recognise that beneficiaries eligible for the second dose had already taken the first shot. In a few centres, the software crashed in the beginning of the day and remained sluggish. For many who took the vaccine on January 16, the software flashed that they had not completed 28 days.
Even for many who got the second dose on Monday, the software generated a provisional certificate saying this was their first dose. In Mumbai, only five centres could even administer the second dose, while in most others, the software did not support even the creation of vaccine sessions. Additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani said healthcare workers should visit vaccination centres only after receiving text messages or calls from the local ward office.
“CoWIN was mainly responsible for the failure to vaccinate individuals with the second dose,” he said. In Maharash tra, 4,679 got the second dose out of 18,582 who received the first dose.
Pune district vaccinated the highest (525), followed by Nagpur (346) and Thane (341) in the state.
A state official said they had anticipated this problem and are hoping for it to get resolved soon. Meanwhile, routine vaccination turnout in Mumbai plummeted to 50% in the city as only 5,203 of the intended 10,400 came to get vaccinated. Similarly, in the state, 29,884 people came to take the vaccine.Covid-19: Technical glitch hits Round 2 of vaccination drive

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