This is really a big problem to book slots for the Covid-19 vaccine in India because it’s almost impossible to hold back in your seat before a computer or grab your mobile and check out every time, that your nearest health center or organization is opening the reserve slots. And as the demand is so high right now, if you don’t know the exact reservation opening time for your nearest health center, the booking slot will show full, within a few hours or even a few minutes. So, to know the perfect timing and book successfully, you need to know the exact slot opening timing.
At present, there may be lots of apps present that will assist you in this regard to get the notification, but in this post, we will share with you, the ways or methods which we had adopted to book slots for our family members, relatives, friends, and colleagues. Basically, we had adopted two methods simultaneously to get the notifications, which will be discussed below.
Steps to book vaccination slot in cowin
At first, you need to determine whether you want vaccination for an individual who is 18 to 44 or 45 and above.
CoVID Vaccine Tracking Process 1
To complete this process you need to have the Telegram app installed in your system. And if it’s not installed yet, then you may install it from their official website. And if you are using an Android phone or system, then you may also download the telegram app from the google play store. This is also available for iPhone or iPad users from the apple store.
If you seek vaccination for an individual, who is 18 to 44 years of age, you just need to open under45.in, from any of your browsers. And if you are seeking 45+ individuals, you need to open above45.in. Both the website structure are the same and of the same ower, the only difference is, one gives information for 18 – 44 aged people and the other for the 45+ individual.
The home page of the mentioned websites will look somewhat like as shown below, which will ask you to enter information regarding your state and district. Once you select the appropriate state and district and join the channel, you will start receiving information once the vaccination centers update their quota. Your smartphone will notify you once the messages are received regarding the update.
Maybe on the very first day, you can’t track the update on time, but please note down the time by viewing the previous message time for your intended targeted vaccination center. On the next day, almost at the same time, maybe a few minutes before or after, the same center will update for the next day’s vaccination quota, and you will receive the telegram notification. Once you receive and have noticed the update on time, just log in to cowin from any of your browser and book slots for the individual.
Now, let’s talk about the second process, where you will receive the notification straight on your email id, and one more thing is that, in the next process which we will be discussing, you may set pin code(s) for which you want to get the slot update notification. You need not have to get updates all over the district, which may be sometimes irrelevant.
CoVID Vaccine Tracking Process 2
At first for this process, I would like to thank Mr. Amit Agarwal, founder of the Digital Inspiration blog. He has developed, an open-source vaccine tracker, using the public CoWIN API. You will get to know in detail from his blog, which will guide you on how to use the application to get the update and track CoVID-19 vaccination near you.
One thing you need to keep in mind while setting up this app in google Sheets is that this has to be done using a computer and not from your mobile because google add-ons are not available on a mobile device. After the setup is complete, you will start receiving emails, once the vaccination centers of your mentioned PIN codes, update the slots. As soon as you receive the notification, just log in to the CoWin website and book your slot.
If you are facing problems in booking vaccination slots and cannot do so, you may use any of the above-mentioned processes or both to get the notification on the time and book slots for yourself and near and dear ones. Hope this article will help you to book CoVID-19 vaccination slots, get vaccinated, and stay safe. In such a pandemic situation, our best wishes are always with you.