New Delhi: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has further eased the process of COVID-19 vaccination in India, it has announced that now people can even book their COVID-19 vaccine slots on WhatsApp. Earlier this month, the ministry introduced WhatsApp for obtaining a vaccination certificate. These new steps are being taken by the government in A bid to achieve the goal of vaccinating all adults by the end of this year.
Steps To Book Covid Vaccine Slot On Whatsapp
According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), one needs to follow these steps in order to book vaccination slot:
– Save contact number: 91-9013151515 (the MyGov Corona Helpdesk bot)
– Type and send ‘Book Slot’ on this WhatsApp number
– Enter the 6-digit OTP that you receive via SMS
– After you have confirmed the OTP, you can choose your preferred date, location, pin code and vaccine type
– Once everything is done, you will get the confirmation with the details of your vaccine slot
Talking about the news on microblogging site Twitter, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said,
Paving a new era of citizen convenience. Now, book COVID-19 vaccine slots easily on your phone within minutes.
Paving a new era of citizen convenience.
Now, book #COVID19 vaccine slots easily on your phone within minutes.
???? Send ‘Book Slot’ to MyGovIndia Corona Helpdesk on WhatsApp
???? Verify OTP
????Follow the steps
Book today: https://t.co/HHgtl990bb
— Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) August 24, 2021
Head of WhatsApp, Will Cathcart also shared the news on his social media and said,
Today we’re partnering with @MoHFW_INDIA and @mygovindia to enable people to make their vaccine appointments via WhatsApp. Spread the word: https://wa.me/919013151515.
— Will Cathcart (@wcathcart) August 24, 2021
According to the Union Health Ministry, it is an important move that will help in increasing the vaccination numbers in the country. As per the data by the health ministry, over 58.82 crore COVID vaccine doses have been administered in India so far. As of August 23, 39,62,091 beneficiaries were given the first dose and 16,48,025 received the second dose, said the Health Ministry.
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