Bengaluru: The second phase of the Covid-19 vaccination drive which was about to start on Monday have been initially delayed due to the glitches found in the Co-WIN 2.0 portal.
In the second phase, COVID-19 vaccination will be provided to people above 60 years and above 45 years of age with certain comorbidities. The hospitals have now decided to start the second phase of coronavirus vaccination only on Tuesday.
The process of registration on Co-WIN 2.0 portal was about to begin at 9 am and the implementation of vaccination was to begin at 11.30 am. However, the portal was not opening after 11.30 am to verify the beneficiaries, the officials in some hospitals told TNM.
An officer looking for vaccination in KC hospital said, “There are many people who reached our hospital well before 11.30 am, when the drive is set to begin. However, the app was not opening from our end. They bought their credentials after registering but we were not able to do the verification”.
Please note that the only place for beneficiaries to register for vaccination is the online CO-Win portal 2.0 (https://selfregistration.cowin.gov.in). On the other hand, the Co-Win app is operable only by the administrators and citizens cannot register through it.
Samarth Mamador, who has been helping his grandfather to register through the portal said that for at least 1 hour, he was not able to receive one time One Time password (OTP) required. “We were waiting for more than an hour at the CMI Aster Hospital. So, we went back home and returned when the process had begun which was only after 1 pm.”
The process for vaccination at the CV Raman hospital got delayed due to various glitches found while registering online at the Co-WIN 2.0 portal. The process could not start on Monday and now, will start mostly on Tuesday or Wednesday.
The government run Bowring hospital in Bengaluru faced similar problems while registering on the Co-WIN portal 2.0 as the officials in the hospital said that for most of the beneficiaries the portal was not working and beneficiaries were sent away due to the glitches found. The officials decided to start the vaccination process on Wednesday, said the nodal officer for vaccination Dr Tanveer.
Commissioner of Health and Family Welfare Dr. Trilok Chandra in Karnataka said that there was an issue of mapping in the total of 6 government hospitals. He further said, "This has been rectified now. Rest of the locations, the drive went fine as planned. This issue was not seen in any of the districts."
According to the Union government guidelines, Manipal hospitals which is a private facility said that the vaccination drive was about to start at 1 pm and a 97-year-old was the first one to get vaccinated.
“We at Manipal Hospitals, Old Airport Road have started the vaccination drive today, 01.03.2021 at 1.00 pm. The registrations for the vaccination can be completed online through Co-WIN, and people at the age group of 60 years can directly walk-in for the vaccination. Senior citizens at Bengaluru have started getting the vaccination at Manipal Hospitals today. We are cooperating with the government and abiding by the standard procedures and protocols for the vaccination drive,” Dr Manish Rai, Hospital Director, Manipal Hospitals, Old Airport Road said.
Earlier it was said that the government hospitals would not change anything for the vaccination but private hospitals are going to charge Rs. 250 per vaccination.
The vaccination drive is about to get scheduled on four days during the week- Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in government hospitals and all days in the private hospitals. Almost 200 vaccines will be administered per session. The on-site facility will be available after a few days.