Covid Vaccination: Beneficiaries With Online Appointment Via CoWIN To Get Preference Over On-Site Appointment

Bhubaneswar: The Health & Family Welfare (H&FW) Department has issued a letter to all Collectors, Commissioners of Municipal Corporations of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Sambalpur and Rourkela and CDM & PHOs to ensure that beneficiaries who have taken an online appointment through CoWIN shall be given preference for availing vaccination over the ones availing vaccination through on-site registration and appointments.

Additional Chief Secretary (Health) PK Mohapatra directed concerned officials to instruct Programme Officers/Manager, Vaccinators and Verifiers of their respective districts/Corporations accordingly.

Mohapatra issued the letter following a letter issued to the department from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India citing that it has come to its notice that at some Vaccination Centres both online and on-site slots are kept and in such places it has been observed that the beneficiaries who have booked an online appointment have to wait for longer period of time for availing vaccination against on-site slots.

The MoHFW has also advised self-registration & on-line appointments should be the preferred mode for accessing vaccination and the features for on-site registration should only be used for the purposes of enabling access for facilitated cohorts and for minimizing vaccine wastage.