The first day of online registration of children between 15 and 18 years old for the vaccination against Covid-19, which will begin on Monday, was marred by technical problems on Saturday, as many Mumbai residents were unable to reserve their vaccination slot as a Center, due to a technical problem, failed to activate the online option on the city’s centralized Co-WIN portal.
In other districts, although the online slot reservation option was active, applicants had to apply multiple times due to slow servers. Since January 1, the Center has opened registration and online booking of slots for childhood immunization. However, the technical error that hit the Co-WIN portal was a reminder of many bugs that occurred when the mass vaccination program was started in January 2021.
“The probable beneficiaries were able to register on the portal but were unable to reserve a slot due to a technical problem. As the portal is managed by the Center, we have no role to play in it, ”said Suresh Kakani, Additional Commissioner, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
However, Kakani said the children did not have to worry as they could get the vaccine directly at the offline centers. “We will mainly focus on offline vaccination so that all children can enter the centers and get vaccinated. It always simplifies the process and gives better results, ”he said. In Mumbai, there are around 9 lakhs of eligible children between the ages of 15 and 18. BMC has made preparations to start with 2,500 children immunized per day, which will be further stretched.
“The vaccination of children will be carried out in nine jumbo centers (Richardson and Crudas in Byculla, NESCO jumbo center, NSCI in Worli, BKC jumbo center and jumbo centers in Kanjurmarg, Malad, Mulund and Dahisar) where all preparations are made as per the directives from the Center. Each center has the capacity to immunize 1,500 children per day, ”said Dr Mangala Gomare, Health Officer, BMC.
In Maharashtra, the public health department has made arrangements for immunization of 60.63 lakh eligible children in 650 centers.
“These centers will only provide doses of Covaxin to children. In centers where adults and children can get vaccinated, we will keep separate queues for Covaxin and Covishield to avoid confusion between the vials, ”said Dr Sachin Desai, Vaccination Manager at the ‘State. At present, the state has around 50 vials of lakh Covaxin in stock.
Meanwhile, a few parents from outside Mumbai had trouble registering online for a date because the server was slow. Dr Anita Sharma, a general practitioner from Kolhapur, has failed three times to register her 17-year-old son on the Co-WIN portal.
“The portal added the ability to upload a student’s photo ID, which was not previously available. But due to the slowness of the server, it kept crashing. Finally, on my fourth attempt, I got a place, ”she added.
Due to the upgrade of the Co-WIN portal, the state did not have data on the total number of registrations recorded on the portal on Monday. “In India, 2,05,113 registrations have been made. But as the portal is being modernized, state-level separation is not immediately available, ”said Dr Pradeep Vyas, Additional Chief Secretary of Maharashtra.