No, the government is not booking a COVID-19 vaccine appointment on WhatsApp

With Covid With cases hitting all-time highs every day, it’s understandable that everyone should try to get vaccinated as soon as possible. However, it’s not just the number of cases that spread like wildfire, but also misinformation about vaccination.
According to a tweet from PIB Fact Check, there is a picture floating online saying that the appointment for a vaccine against Covid-19 can be booked through WhatsApp, which is fake.

According to the picture shared by PIB Fact Check, the fake picture claims that the process of booking an appointment for vaccines is quite simple and is built into the government’s CoWin vaccine management system.
WhatsApp users are asked to send a message saying “Hello” to a number and include personal information such as name, age, Aadhaar Number, PIN code and more.
How to register for Covid-19 vaccination
Any citizen over 45 is currently eligible to receive a Covid-19 vaccine in India. Those who are entitled to receive the vaccine against Covid-19 can only register via the CoWin portal or the Aarogya setup app. The vaccination campaign in India is managed digitally and starts with the registration process through to vaccination.
Any authorized person can register for the Covid-19 vaccine by logging in to “www.cowin.gov.in”, entering their mobile number to receive OTP for confirmation via SMS, and clicking the “Verify” button to complete the registration process.
After registering on the CoWin website, a new page “Registration of the vaccination” is displayed. Here, users need to enter details such as Photo ID Type, Photo ID Proof Number, Name, Date of Birth, Gender and other details. By clicking the Register button, users will receive the required vaccination information via SMS.

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