Walk-in facility, which got a good response in the 60-plus and 45-plus age groups, is not being provided as a big jump in the number of vaccinations in phase 3 of the drive is expected at a time when supplies are limited, official sources said. The move may prevent crowding at vaccination centres.
“Phase 3 means a large number of people, so can’t be implemented without planning. Online registration will help centres plan sessions in advance, manage crowds and supply,” an official told TOI.
Daily vaccinations on a decline for 3 weeks now
While India administered over 14 crore doses of Covid-19 vaccines till Saturday 8pm, daily vaccinations are on a decline for nearly three weeks now. On Saturday, 24.22 lakh doses were given till 8pm. Apart from fear of infection amid the current surge, vaccines supplies have been reported to be erratic.
So far, vaccination numbers were largely driven by walk-in beneficiaries. Of the total 12.21 crore registrations till Saturday, over 68% were by walk-ins and merely 11.6% were registered prior vaccination. Apart from these two categories, 2.43 crore health and frontline workers have also been registered by governments and their data pre-populated into the Co-Win system.
The Centre issued an advisory to states asking them to augment infrastructure and suggesting specific measures for the phase 3.
It also asked states to monitor number of hospitals that have procured vaccines and have declared stocks and prices on Co-Win.