The Ministry of Health stated that from May 8, the CoWIN system will add a four-digit security code to reduce data entry errors regarding vaccination status, resulting in less inconvenience for people. It said that there are citizens who had arranged their COVID-19 vaccination appointment via the CoWIN portal but did not show up for vaccination on the scheduled date received SMS notification that a vaccine dose had been administered to them. This occurs primarily as a result of the vaccinator incorrectly labelling the person as vaccinated, a case of data entry error by the vaccinator, stated the ministry and to reduce such errors and the resulting inconvenience to citizens, the CoWIN framework is implementing a new four-digit security code feature in the CoWIN application from tomorrow.
The ministry said in a statement that, the vaccinator will not be aware of the four-digit security code, which will be written on the appointment acknowledgment sheet. The code would also be included in the confirmation SMS sent to the beneficiary following an effective appointment booking and this would ensure that data entries about a citizen's vaccination status are registered correctly for those people who have booked an online appointment.