“There are no software-related glitches. The platform is robust to handle much more traffic than it is getting right now,” R S Sharma, Chief Executive of National Health Authority and head of the Empowered Group on Covid-19 vaccinations, told TOI.
The comments come in the wake of some session sites reporting a delay in vaccination because of use of Co-Win. However, officials say the delay is mostly from those sites where the beneficiary data have not been pre-populated into the system as was the case with Maharashtra. Officials also pointed to the differences between states in achieving vaccination targets, which point to factors in addition to just Co-Win.
Co-Win platform has a capacity to handle up to 50 lakh vaccinations per day. Till Thursday, a total of around 1.3 crore vaccine doses were given to health and front-line workers. These include over 65.82 lakh health and 46.24 lakh front-line workers for first dose and over 18.60 lakh health workers receiving second dose of the vaccine.
In the next round – set to start from March 1 -the government is targeting to inoculate a larger population of 27 crore people based on age and co-morbidities. Emphasising on smooth functioning of Co-Win, Sharma said the progress in the vaccination drive shows there are no issues related to the software.
Officials also highlighted that Co-Win is merely an enhancement of an already existing e-VIN system which has been in use for long for child immunisation in the country and all states are familiar with its operations.