In view of some users complaining that they missed their appointment on CoWIN and received a vaccination notice, the Federal Ministry of Health has introduced a new 4-digit security code feature in the CoWIN portal.

The “4-digit security code” that will operate from April 8th can minimize online booking/reservation errors.

This step was taken after noting that some citizens had booked COVID-19 vaccine appointments through the CoWIN portal but did not actually receive the vaccination on the scheduled date. They received an SMS notification stating that they had been vaccinated.

The Ministry of Health said: “After inspections, it was found that the main reason for this situation was that the vaccinators mistakenly marked citizens as vaccinators. This is an example of incorrect data input by the vaccinators.”

“In order to minimize such errors and the inconvenience caused to citizens, the CoWIN system will introduce a new 4-digit security code function in the CoWIN application from May 8. Now, after verification, if it is found to benefit People, eligible people, before the vaccination dose, the verifier/vaccinator will ask the beneficiary for their four-digit code, and then enter it into the CoWIN system to correctly record the vaccination status.”

The Ministry of Health further stated: “This new feature will only be available to citizens who have booked a vaccination seat online. The 4-digit security code will be printed on the appointment confirmation form, and the vaccinators will not know it.” After a successful appointment, the confirmation message will be added. A four-digit code will be sent. The appointment confirmation can also be saved and displayed on the mobile phone. “

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“This will ensure that for citizens who have made an online appointment, the data entries about the citizen’s vaccination status are correctly recorded, and only for those who have made an online appointment and provide services at their appointment center.” This will also reduce fraudulent and incorrect use of CoWIN The flexibility provided in this to promote opportunities for vaccination coverage,”.

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