CoWIN can’t be hacked; every 8th Indian has received one dose of vaccine: Govt

Faced with criticism on vulnerability of the CoWIN platform, delay in getting vaccination slots and a digital divide that benefits a selected few, the Union well being ministry on Saturday defended the CoWIN and mentioned it “cannot be hacked”.

The ministry added that allegations that the digital divide is depriving individuals of vaccination is a delusion as a result of greater than 50 per cent of the entire doses administered to date got by way of walk-in registrations.

In a press assertion titled ‘Busting myths of vaccination’, the well being ministry mentioned CoWIN can’t be hacked and its options of OTP (one time password) and captcha can’t be bypassed.

“We state this with absolute certainty that no breaches have been found till date. No scripts can bypass the OTP verification and CAPTCHA to automatically register an individual.”

It mentioned registrations by way of CoWIN are serving to forestall superspreading occasions because it prevents overcrowding at vaccination centres.

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“There have been some unfounded media reports of the CoWIN platform creating a digital divide and allowing unscrupulous elements to hack the system to benefit a few sections of the population. The lack of basic comprehension about the complexity of a vaccination exercise has led to the false labelling of citizens not finding slots on the platform to problems of the platform itself. These reports are incorrect and not supported by full information on the matter,” the ministry mentioned in its assertion.

It added that CoWIN is the technological spine driving vaccination in India. It encompasses all constituents of the vaccination course of. Ranging from validation of the availability of genuine vaccines and managing vaccination centres to registration and acquiring certification by residents, your complete worth chain is run by way of the CoWIN platform, it mentioned.

On unavailability of vaccination slots

Examining the difficulty of unavailability of vaccination slots, the ministry mentioned, the “noise” began surfacing after registrations for 18 to 44 years age group have been opened up on April 28.

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“One would be amazed to learn how steeply skewed the demand-supply for vaccines has been in this age bracket. The ratio of registrations to doses administered stands at 6.5: 1, which was an alarming 11:1 a week before,” the assertion mentioned.

In different phrases, for every six registrations on CoWIN, one vaccine dose has been administered.

“Overall, with over 244 million registrations and over 167 million receiving at least one dose (as per data on 7 pm May 29), the shortfall explains the current proceedings, which will naturally catch up as time passes and there is a larger supply of vaccines,” the ministry mentioned.

Doses given to date

According to the assertion, as on Saturday, over 167 million individuals have been administered no less than one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine in India. This, the ministry says, translated to round 12.21 per cent protection or almost one in every eight Indians getting vaccinated.

“Looking at the actual target population of 18+ of 944.7million, the number goes up to around 17.67 per cent or two in every 11 Indians. This data is updated on real-time basis on the CoWIN website and is available to view for all, accurate down to the district level in a state,” the assertion mentioned.

Countering the allegations that on-line registration for vaccination slots is placing a big part of inhabitants (that doesn’t have entry to web) at a disadvantageous place, the ministry mentioned offline walk-ins have been an integral half of the vaccination course of since January.

“Nearly 55 per cent of the 211.8 million doses administered till date have been through walk-ins. The brilliance of CoWIN lies in its ability to allow changes on the fly for the proportion of slots made available between online registration and offline walk-in,” it mentioned.

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