The government has introduced a new set of guidelines for CoWIN. The new changes in CoWin will allow third parties to enable registration, scheduling, and management of vaccination through their apps. This is an update to the existing framework in which developers can only offer information on the availability of slots and downloading of vaccination certificates via their apps.
The new guidelines come at a time when the country is facing a shortage of COVID-19 vaccines, which is making it very difficult for people to find vaccination slots on the CoWIN platform. Prior registration for using CoWIN APIs has also been made mandatory.
According to the reports, the CoWIN APIs will allow app developers to roll out the ability to register and schedule an appointment and manage COVID-19 vaccination and facilities directly from their end. The developer-side changes will take place in the master database maintained as part of the CoWIN platform, the guidelines mention.
Till now government-run Aarogya Setu and Umang were the only apps that allowed users to register and book COVID-19 vaccination appointments, while third parties could only show the availability of appointment slots.
However, the email address given to register for access is inaccessible.
“All entities (ASPs), wishing to integrate with Co-WIN using APIs, including for use of only the Public APIs, will have to first register as ASPs,” the guidelines read.