'New Era': Covid-19 Vaccination Slots Can Now Be Booked On Whatsapp

The government has teamed with Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp to make booking slots for immunisation against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) easier.

 “Paving a new age of citizen convenience,” Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya posted on Twitter on Tuesday. COVID-19 immunisation slots can now be simply booked on your phone in minutes.

WhatsApp Inc's chief executive officer (CEO) sent out a similar message. Cathcart wrote, "Today, we're collaborating with @MoHFW INDIA and @mygovindia to allow folks to schedule vaccination appointments using WhatsApp."He continued asking the citizens to communicate the message to everyone.

Cathcart claimed thirty lakhs or more people living in India had already taken up the scheme and vaccinated individuals may download verified vaccines in the same way.

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Certificate to prove that you are vaccinated can be downloaded via the MyGov and Whatsapp chatbots, which were introduced on 5th August; almost 32 lakh certificates have been downloaded till now by the citizens across the country, therefore citizens who have not yet downloaded their certificates can download it now.

MyGov CEO Abhishek Singh said the new partnership will encourage digital inclusion because WhatsApp is easier to use, and he complimented the messaging app for developing the chatbot to help citizens get vaccinations.

The AI-based interface is more easily accessible on WhatsApp, allowing digital inclusion in a real way. We are grateful to WhatsApp for the constant support that they have given us in helping to unleash the actual potential of the Citizens' Capital and Engagement Chatbot throughout the pandemic's time of trouble."

“We are thrilled to be involved with MyGov and the Ministry of Health,” ShivnathThukral, Director Of Public Policy, WhatsApp, said of the new use-case launch. From the beginning of the pandemic to the present, we have collaborated with the sole goal of providing residents with the most appropriate advantages to aid communities in their recovery. Our partnership enables technology to provide residents with broad benefits, whether they giving real information on cleaning, downloading vaccination certificates or, most recently, downloading speeding up and simplifying the process of individual vaccination reservations. This is a crucial milestone in our path to becoming a digitally empowered country, based on the vast number of individuals who have placed their faith in the MyGov Corona Helpdesk chatbot and taken use of the advantages. We are committed as a platform to helping our government's efforts to combat this outbreak."

Follow the procedures mentioned below to book slots on WhatsApp:                             

·         Make a contact with the MyGov Corona Helpdesk number (9013151515).

·         Send a WhatsApp message to this number with the subject line "Book Slot."

·         Enter the 6-digit One time password that you received through the Short message service.

·         One must select their preferred date and place, pin code, and vaccine kind while in the conversation.

·         On the day of your appointment, get confirmation and go to the immunisation centre.

India has immunised around 58.89 crore people against the deadly virus as part of a statewide immunisation campaign.