Third-party applications were only allowed to display vaccine status and whether or not there were open slots. However, the new guidelines allow third-party apps to register people for vaccines and download vaccine certificates. In addition, people can report adverse events even after vaccination. With this development, citizens no longer have to rely solely on Aarogya Setu or the CoWin website to book vaccines and issue certificates.
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Since all private apps have to use CoWin APIs, the data is collected centrally and processed by the same CoWin servers used by Aarogya Setu and the CoWin website. So, ideally, it doesn’t matter which third-party app you register for the vaccine for.
“According to government guidelines, third-party applications can be offered either directly to citizens (B2C) or to private vaccination centers (B2B) for the following functions:
A. Discover vaccination centers and related information
B. Make appointments
C. Administration of the vaccination workflow (if such an application is offered to CVCs)
D. Generate / download certificates
E. Report all adverse events following vaccination according to AEFI guidelines. ”
The government has also mandated a review mechanism. “Third-party apps must
have a mechanism to verify the identity of the person who was vaccinated under the law, ”it says.
Documents valid for registering people for vaccines in third party apps are Aadhaar, driver’s license, PAN card, passport, pension book, NPR smart card, and voter ID card.
“In cases where aadhaar is used, CVCs must ensure that the guidelines prescribed in the aadhaar law are followed,” he added.