The Centre on Wednesday opened registrations for the third phase of COVID vaccinations where anyone above the age of 18 years can get vaccinated from 1st May. As per reports, more than 80 lakh people registered themselves on the CO-WIN platform on the first day between 4 pm to 7 pm leading to an unexpected load on the platform servers. Many citizens took to social media to express their frustration and even compared it to the IRCTC platform.
Highlighting that vaccination is a critical component of the containment and management strategy of the Government of India in its fight against the Covid pandemic, the Union Health Ministry said, "A liberalised and accelerated Phase 3 strategy of Covid-19 vaccination will be implemented from May 1. Registration for the newly eligible population groups commenced today from 4 pm. Potential beneficiaries can register directly on the Co-WIN portal (cowin.gov.in) or through the Aarogya Setu app.”
The government claimed that the Co-WIN software is a robust, dependable and flexible technology and it offers anytime anywhere registration for Covid-19 vaccination.
"The capacity of the servers and other parameters have been ramped up to match the unprecedented scale of immunisation so that the Co-WIN system can provide citizen-centric services. Inclusivity, speed and scalability have been kept in mind while designing the unique digital platform with all components being portable and synchronous without excessive and unnecessary dependencies," the ministry said.
The government stated that far from crashing or performing slowly, the system is performing without glitches.
Denying reports suggesting that the Co-WIN platform was unresponsive/overshooting the server capacity and was not able to respond to the original number of registrations taking place, the ministry clarifying the media reports said that, “the server has crashed are incorrect and are without any basis. The server supporting the Co-WIN digital portal continues to work smoothly at its highest efficiency.”
People registering on the platform were mostly of the age group of 18 to 44 years.
The app recorded 55,000 hits per second and is completely stable, the government informed.