The Indian government has issued new CoWIN API guidelines, making all websites, apps, tools and telegram groups that provide real-time data on the availability of COVID-19 vaccine slots redundant. These notifier sites help citizens get notified of available slots without having to constantly refresh the CoWIN portal to find slots. Coders across the country have used public APIs provided by the government to help schedule vaccinations. However, the new guidelines state that “the appointment availability data is cached and may be as long as 30 minutes.”
The guidelines for the publicly available CoWIN API were recently revised (May 5), making them redundant for all websites that use them to inform their subscribers about the availability of vaccine slots in real time. The new guidelines require that “appointment availability data is cached and can be as long as 30 minutes.” “In addition, these APIs are subject to a rate limit of 100 API calls every 5 minutes per IP. When using the API in your application, please consider the following points.
This means that all data received by the website using these APIs may be delayed, and the displayed results may not help to obtain advertising spots. It’s not clear why the government made this change, as these sites are only helping people find available ad spots. To book a vaccination appointment, users must still visit the CoWIN website.
Paytm is the latest website to join many other apps and websites that will notify citizens when the COVID-19 vaccine slot opens. HealthifyMe launched the Vaccinateme.in tracker, which also provides useful filters in the search center, such as searching for vaccines in categories 18-44, searching for vaccines in categories 45+, searching for Covishield or Covaxin- and WhatsApp notifications.
Since India opened its COVID-19 vaccination campaign to all citizens over the age of 18 at the beginning of this month, it has been difficult to find vacancies for vaccines due to insufficient stocks. In India, the surge in COVID-19 cases has increased the demand for vaccines, and these locations are helping people who want to go there for injections, sooner or later.