The third wave of Covid19 pandemic is expected to peak in October and India is aggressively pacing up its vaccination drive. With India aiming to vaccinate all adults by the end of the year, the government has launched a new WhatsApp-based service for booking vaccine slots.

Today, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya took to Twitter to announce, “Paving a new era of citizen convenience. Now, book COVID-19 vaccine slots easily on your phone within minutes.”

The Ministry of Health and MyGov have announced that people can now use the MyGov Corona HelpDesk on WhatsApp to find their nearest vaccination centre and schedule a vaccine appointment. On Twitter, Will Cathcart- CEO of Whatsapp Inc stated, "Today, we are partnering with the Ministry of Health and @mygovindia to enable people to arrange their vaccine appointments using WhatsApp."

How to book Covid vaccine slot via WhatsApp?

  • To start, save the WhatsApp number +91 9013151515 in your phone's contact list.
  • Send the message ‘Book Slot' to the number once it appears on WhatsApp.
  • When you're done, the mobile number will receive a 6-digit one-time password.
  • Pick a date and a place that is convenient for you.
  • After that, users will receive confirmation of their centre and date.
Earlier, in another significant move, the GoI had introduced the facility to obtain a vaccination certificate over WhatsApp. This came as a comfort to people attempting to obtain proof of vaccination, as the CoWIN platform has previously reported problems. Vaccine certificates are being sought for interstate travel, among other things, amid fears of a third Covid outbreak.

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To get a Covid19 vaccination certificate through MyGov Corona Helpdesk you have to follow three easy steps. “Save contact number: +91 9013151515. Type & send 'covid certificate' on WhatsApp. Enter OTP. Get your certificate in seconds”, Health Minister’s office had tweeted.

So far, India has administered 58.8 crore vaccination doses. Even as opposition leaders allege the country is not vaccinating at the required rate due to a shortage of doses, the administration wants to vaccinate 108 crore adults by the end of this year.

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