Co-WIN To The Rescue For India’s Vaccine Distribution

Co-WIN To The Rescue For India’s Vaccine Distribution

In a video conference this month, PM Modi discussed with the heads of all the states and UTs in the country, about their preparedness for the Covid-19 vaccination programme. During the conference, it was informed that the government will be using eVIN tech and co-WIN to identify primary beneficiaries and vaccine distribution networks.

Crux of the Matter

What Is eVIN?
Electronic Vaccine Intelligence Network (eVIN) is an indigenously developed tech, which digitises vaccine stocks and monitors the temperature of the cold chain via a mobile app.

Is It A New Innovation?

  • No. It was first launched across 12 states in India, in 2015, in order to manage vaccine logistics better, at cold chain points. 
  • eVIN supports the central government’s Universal Immunization Programme by providing real-time information on vaccine stocks and flows, and storage temperatures across all cold chain points nationally.

Advent Of Co-WIN
The new app, which will be available for free download, is an upgraded version of the eVIN. It will be useful for administrators, vaccinators, and people receiving these vaccine shots.

How Will The Covid Vaccine Be Distributed?
A National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC) will guide the strategies for vaccine introduction, whose supply will be limited to the high priority groups like frontline workers in the first stage and emergency workers, in the second stage.

5 Modules Of Co-WIN App

  • Administrator module: For administrators who will conduct vaccination sessions.
  • Registration module: For people to get registered for vaccination.
  • Vaccination module: To verify beneficiary details and update vaccination status.
  • Beneficiary acknowledgement module: To send SMS to beneficiaries and generate QR-based certificates after one gets vaccinated.
  • Report module: To prepare reports about a number of sessions, people involved, etc.

Things To Remember When Its Our Turn

  • Each person will be required to bring with them one of the 12 suggested photo identity documents, including an Aadhaar card, Voter ID, Driving License, Passport, etc.
  • After the vaccine is administered, the person will remain on the premises for 30 mins for observation.
  • Each state will be allocated the vaccine from 1 manufacturer to avoid any mix-up.

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  • Vaccine hesitancy is a reluctance or refusal to be vaccinated or to have one’s children vaccinated against contagious diseases despite the availability of vaccination services. It was identified by the World Health Organization as one of the top ten global health threats of 2019.
  • No Jab No Pay is an Australian policy initiative which withholds three state payments – Child Care Benefit, the Child Care Rebate and, as of 2018, the Family Tax Benefit Part A end of year supplement – for parents of children under 20 years of age who are not fully immunized or on a recognized catch-up schedule, and imposes fines on childcare centres that admit unvaccinated children.
  • Due to lack of trust towards the vaccine by many economists and public figures in the western countries are suggesting that people should get paid as an incentive to get the vaccine. Former U.S. representative and presidential candidate John Delaney is suggesting $1,500 per person — calling it “a stimulus check & big vaccine incentive rolled into one” in a tweet.