COVID-19 vaccine in India: Ahead of the coronavirus vaccine roll out on January 16, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare held a video conferencing with administrators from the states and UTs on CoWIN software.
The Centre has been carrying activities towards preparing for the nationwide roll-out of coronavirus vaccine in close collaboration with States and UTs and all stakeholders.
The meeting was chaired by Ram Sewak Sharma, Chairman of Empowered Group on Technology and Data Management to combat COVID-19 and member, National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration of COVID-19 in India.
The meeting was attended by the State Principal Secretaries, NHM Mission Directors, and State Immunisation officers, and senior officers of the Health Ministry. During the meeting, the feedback of the States/UTs on the CoWIN software and its operational use, emanating from the dry runs, was discussed in detail.
Sharma gave an overall view of the Co-WIN software and the principles that shall underpin the technical back-up for the vaccination exercise. He said that robust, dependable, and agile technology shall form both the foundation and the back-up for the country’s COVID-19 vaccination which shall be the world’s largest immunisation exercise.
This is an unprecedented scale of immunization, he pointed out. Addressing the participants, he stated that the process should be citizen-centric, and built on the approach that the vaccine shall be available anytime and anywhere. He stressed the need to be flexible without compromising on quality.
He reiterated that the inclusivity, speed and scalability have been kept in mind while designing the unique digital platform with all components being portable, synchronous without excessive and unnecessary dependencies.