A senior doctor with a public hospital said the app should be scrapped and “we should go back to our offline method that has worked for decades”. Designed as the backbone of the Covid vaccination drive, Co-Win’s performance has been spotty. Problems vary from registration hitches to missing names and duplication, though when it does function, as a BMC officer put it, things are fine. “It has advantages. Thousands get auto-generated certificates. Imagine if these had to be physically printed and handed out,” he said.
For a vaccination day, CoWin has to be fed with names of beneficiaries before it throws up a list and even works out the number of sessions/booths needed. “The list, more often than not, has duplications. It has to be pruned, leading to fewer people getting messages,” said a BMC official. Dr Lalit Sankhe, nodal officer for vaccination at staterun JJ Hospital, said many glitches have been resolved,but some remain. “We have not managed to vaccinate several senior medicine professors who have been at the forefront of Covid treatment simply because their names have not got registered despite trying,” he said. There’s also an issue of transparency, underscored by RTIs filed by activists for information.
Indeed, last Saturday, when Mumbai witnessed a 133% turnout, BMC officials said, the outcome was a result of micro-planning. “Even if public health infrastructure alone is used for vaccination, we can do three million vaccinations a day. That should take care of the elderly and those with comorbidities,” said Babu.