The Indian government kicked off the third phase of the Covid-19 vaccination drive on May 1. Now, all citizens above 18 years are eligible to get inoculated.
With more cases piling up in the country, experts have appealed to people to get themselves vaccinated at the earliest. The studies have shown that even people, who have received just one jab can have enough immunity to endure Covid-19 and there is less risk of getting into a serious condition.
However, the state-run Co-WIN website, which offers people to get appointments for vaccination at the nearest health centres, is inundated with millions of requests. This has caused the website to crash and sometimes show an error message. There is caused the website to crash and sometimes show an error message. There is a lot of anxiousness among the citizens over the uncertainty of vaccine availability.
DH lists all the reliable chatbots, apps and websites that will help in notifying you of the vaccine slots whenever it gets available at the nearest health centre.
This is one of the most reliable websites to know the latest details on slots open for vaccination in India.
Just select the State and the district or Pincode. It will readily show the list of the slots available on a particular day and also users can filter the search with the specific vaccine (Covishield/Covaxin), 18+, 45+ and more.
Once you click the particular date, it will show all the hospitals/healthcare centres with the address. Just visit the VaccinateMe site (here). It is best suited to check on a smartphone.
Users just have to go to the website (preferably via smartphone here) and select the State and District and press enter. It gives a Telegram chatbot link and click on it to get notified on vaccine inoculation slots in the particular region on Telegram.
Here, the website has a simple interface. Users just have to select District and submit information such as name, email and phone number. And, press the ‘Get Notified’ button. It will alert the user about the availability of the vaccine slot via a registered number and email ID. You can check the website here (link).
Airtel Thanks app
Cellular network service provider Airtel has introduced new tools such as Covid SOS help and vaccine slot finder to Airtel Thanks app.
Airtel subscribers can find crucial Covid-19 related emergency services such as Oxygen, medical help, and more. Customers have to just register their phone numbers. Also, they will be asked to mention the area and select types of services– plasma donors, ambulance, food, hospital beds, and more.
MyGov Corona Helpdesk chatbot
The Indian government in collaboration with WhatsApp has set up a chatbot to citizens find the vaccination booths open for booking slots for inoculation.
Users just need to add this phone number — 9013151515 — to their contact list. And then, open the MyGov Corona Helpdesk on WhatsApp. Start the conversation with the Chatbot by typing ‘Namaste’. It will guide you on how to find the nearest Covid vaccination centre.
Paytm has added a new ‘Vaccine slot finder’ tool in its e-commerce app. Users just need to enter their age group and the pin code of the residential area.
This website uses Co-WIN API (Application Programming Interface) to get the latest update on vaccine slot availability. Here, users have to select the state, district and type pin code. And, then it will list all the details of the nearest health centre details. You can visit the website (here). The only qualm is that it heavily relies on Co-WIN website and delivers the information a bit late.
As said before, it is the most used website/app in the country and tends to crash often. But we still recommend that people to check on this platform between short intervals to get updates to book slots for inoculation.