Several companies have pitched in to help India fight against Covid-19. They are currently seeking approval from the government to provide them online Covid-19 vaccine slots. Companies like Paytm, Infosys and MakeMyTrip are making sure that citizens get vaccinated as soon as possible without facing any issues with booking slots
Last month, the Indian government relaxed its rules by allowing several third-party apps to offer vaccine booking slots.
R.S. Sharma, head of the government’s panel managing the Cowin vaccine registration platform told Reuters that around 15 state agencies and private companies which include various Indian healthcare giants Apollo and Max, and online pharmacy 1mg have also been asked to offer people vaccine slots.
Apps such as Paytm and MakeMyTrip have 100 million and 12 million active monthly users respectively. Since these apps are very popular, Indians can book their Covid-19 vaccine slots through these apps.
MakeMyTrip CEO Rajesh Magow stated that the company wanted to help people book their vaccination slots. On the other hand, 1mg said that they were waiting for government approvals.
According to health officials, only 3.5 per cent of total India’s 1.3 billion population have been fully immunised against COVID-19. They have stated that the process needs to be ramped up to avoid a surge in cases.
Several software developers have been working to make use of the publicly available code for the Cowin Platform. This in turn helps them send notifications to the Telegram app notifying people of the availability of slots.
Sharma added that vaccine supplies should improve. He even praised the Cowin platform stating that at least three African nations – Zambia, Nigeria, and Malawi – had even enquired about using it for their vaccination drives.